Girards Crimson Azalea

Rhododendron 'Girard's Crimson'
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The Girard’s Crimson Azalea is small and compact in nature. It maintains a small, structured size, but flowers profusely in the spring. Large, bright, red-pink blooms cover the shrub from May into June and look great in mass plantings. It doesn’t stop there! The Girard’s Crimson Azalea also has great summer and fall foliage. With a multitude of seasonal interest, this shrub will be sure to delight your landscaping.

This Crimson Azalea is a small and compact shrub that displays dark green, slightly elongated foliage throughout the growing season. It maintains a rounded and compact form with a height and width of 2-4 feet. Beautiful bright red-pink blooms adorn this shrub and provide great contrast against green foliage in the spring. The cooler autumn weather gives way to green foliage that transitions over to red and copper hues. This azalea displays multi season interest.

The Girard’s Crimson Azalea is great to use for foundation plantings and makes a great hedge. Use it in a mixed property border in front of larger shrubs. Create a staggered look with larger varieties and other colors of azaleas in front of a Leyland Cypress privacy fence. Play around with different colors and include this shrub into a natural woodland garden area.

The Girards Crimson Azalea prefers partial shade to partial sun and well drained moist soil.

growing zone 5-8
Shipping Restriction AZ
Soil Type Well-drained
Sunlight Full Sun, Part Shade, Part Sun
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 2-3 Feet
Mature Width 4-5 Feet
Bloom Color Pink, Red

How To Care

When planting your Azalea be sure you have the right location and conditions for your new plants to thrive.

Planting time: Spring and fall are ideal times to plant Azaleas. However, if you avoid freezing and extremely hot temperatures you can plant any time of the year.

Sun: Full sun tends to burn most Azaleas especially in warmer climates so look for a site that provides a balanced mix of shade and sun.

Soil: Be sure your soil is well-drained and acidic. If you have alkaline soil, be sure to amend your soil. To acidify your soil amend with compost, elemental sulfur, or use fertilizers specific for acid loving plants. Mulching with pine straw or pine bark will help over time as they begin to break down, but are not an immediate solution. To improve drainage in something like a heavy clay soil, add compost and be sure to loosen up the soil well before planting.

Fertilizer: Choose a fertilizer for acid loving plants. Fertilize in late winter or early spring to give the upcoming blooms a boost.

Pruning: You don’t need to prune azaleas, but pruning after they are done blooming can help encourage a bushier growth and renew an older plant.

Shipping Restriction AZ
Soil Type Well-drained
Sunlight Full Sun, Part Shade, Part Sun
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 2-3 Feet
Mature Width 4-5 Feet
Bloom Color Pink, Red

Landscape Ideas

The Girards Crimson adds vibrant color to your landscape. Azaleas are excellent for borders and mass plantings. This evergreen shrub jazzes up gardens and mixed beds. At 2 to 3 feet tall and 4 to 5 feet wide at maturity this stunning azalea can even be used in foundation plantings. For borders or hedges plant about 4 feet apart on center. Otherwise, plant about 6 feet apart to give your plants space in-between.


For additional options, be sure to browse our Azalea and Evergreen Shrub collection.

Shipping Restriction AZ
Soil Type Well-drained
Sunlight Full Sun, Part Shade, Part Sun
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 2-3 Feet
Mature Width 4-5 Feet
Bloom Color Pink, Red

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