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Girard’s Pleasant White Azalea

Rhododendron 'Girard's Pleasant White'

Height:  4 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Group/Class:  Girard Hybrids

Description:

This elegant azalea shrub is bathed in clusters of incredible snowy white blooms that is an excellent choice to mass in groupings, or as an elegant focal point of the garden; must have rich acidic soil

Girard's Pleasant White Azalea (Rhododendron 'Girard's Pleasant White') at Hicks Nurseries

Ornamental Features

Girard’s Pleasant White Azalea is bathed in stunning clusters of lightly-scented white trumpet-shaped flowers with light green spots at the ends of the branches in late spring before the leaves. It has green foliage throughout the season. The narrow leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Girard’s Pleasant White Azalea is an open multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season’s flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Girard’s Pleasant White Azalea is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Girard’s Pleasant White Azalea will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.