Azalea

Rhododendron 'Admiral Semmes'

Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of Thayer Dodd
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Azalea (Rhododendron 'Admiral Semmes')
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Genus:  Rhododendron

This native azalea, winner of the 2007 Georgia Gold medal award,  will thrive in heat and humidity, which is why it is a good choice for the South. Large, fragrant yellow blooms appear in early spring. Reportedly pest- and disease free, 'Admiral Semmes' is a  progeny of Exbury hybrid R. 'Hotspur Yellow' and R. austrinum.   -Allan Armitage, Plants to know and grow, Fine Gardening issue #119

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Mildew resistant. Large, fragrant flowers. Grows well in heat and humidity.

Care: 

Provide dappled shade and moist, well-drained, rich soil.

Problems: 

Generally trouble-free.

Overview

Height
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Pace
Fast Grower
Light
Part Shade Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Fragrant Flowers,
Native,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Spring,
Spring
Flower Color
Primrose Yellow
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Shrubs

Rhododendron 'Admiral Semmes'