Late Flowering Azaleas

Satsuki late flowering azaleas

The low growing Satsuki azaleas are late bloomers.

There is a group of late flowering Azaleas. The Satsuki hybrids are simply a fine group of evergreen azaleas. The most common ones in this group are called Gumpos, and I have seen these bloom into June. They come in a wide variety of colors from pure white to vibrant oranges, and there are even some bicolor selections. They are low growing azaleas, as you can see from the photo. I think the one in the picture shows how low and spreading they are. You grow them the same way as you would any evergreen azalea. They like filtered shade, fertile well drained soil, and must be watered during dry periods. These are fine azaleas and were more popular before the Encore azaleas were introduced, but they certainly offer a different landscape look than the Encores.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

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  1. Satsuki is Japanese for “fifth month,” when they traditionally bloom in Japan. It is pronounced (sats-ki). It is a favorite of bonsai artists, because it eventually can produce a huge trunk and glorious flowers.

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