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 CharacteristicsMildew resistant. Large, fragrant flowers. Grows well in heat and humidity.
CareProvide dappled shade and moist, well-drained, rich soil.
- Genus : Rhododendron
- Plant Height : 10 to 15 feet
- Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
- Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
- Bloom Time : Early Spring, Spring
- Growth Rate : Fast
- Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers
- Moisture : Medium Moisture
- Maintenance : Moderate
- Light : Partial Shade
- Plant Type : Shrubs
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
- Flower Color : Yellow