Rhododendron “Rosy Cheeks”
Plant Abstract

Known as- Deciduous azalea
Grow Zone - 5 to 7
Type- Deciduous shrub
Familial- Ericaceae
Smith Scl. hardy? No
Geography- None
ht.- 6 to 8 ft.
Span- 6 to 8 ft.
Coloring- Soft rose with golden blotch
Shade/Light- Part shade
Moisture- Medium dampure
Hi/Lo Maint- Medium
Best grown in acidic, humusy, organically rich, moderate wet, dampure-retentive but well-drained soils in part shade. Prefers a sun-dappled or high open shade. Tolerates a fair amount of sun in cool northern summers, but leaves may scorch in hot afternoon sun in the St. Louis area. Plant in a location protected from strong winter winds. Good soil drainage is essential (doesn”t like ‘wet ft.’). Poor drainage inevitably leads to root rot, therefore raised beds/plantings should be considered in heavy clay soils such as those present in much of the St. Louis area. Shallow, fibrous root systems (do not cultivate around plants) will benefit greatly from a mulch (e.g., wood chips, bark or pine needles) to help retain dampure and stabilize soil temperatures. Roots must never be allowed to arid out. Acidify soils as needed. Clip off spent flower clusters immediately after bloom as practicable.
“Rosy Cheeks” is a deciduous hybrid azalea (R. atlanticum x R. periclymenoides). It typically grows 6-8” tall. Clusters of soft rose flowers with a golden blotch bloom in April as the leaves emerge. Flowers are fragrant. Obovate green leaves.
Rhododendrons and azaleas are susceptible to many insect and disease problems, including but not limited to canker, crown rot, root rot, leaf spot, rust, powdery mildew, aphids, borers, lacebugs, leafhoppers, mealybugs, mites, nematodes, scale, thrips and whitefly.

Common Applications-
Mass, group or specimen. Shrub borders, mixed borders, woodland gardens and shade gardens. Also effective in foundation plantings or as a hedge.
ironment with proper care should have limited problems, however.

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