The azalea hybrid Christina is a semi-evergreen azalea from the line of Vuykiana hybrids. This is one of the many different cultivars commonly grown in yards around the world in northern regions.
Christina is an azalea hybrid created in 1966 by Vuyk van Nes Nurseries. The parent plants are the cultivars Florida crossed with Louise Gable.
'Christina' reaches a height of 4 to 10 feet and a width of 5 to 10 feet. It has oval-shaped green leaves that are medium-sized for the Rhododendron family--about 1 1/2 inches long.
The red or pink flowers are hose-in-hose style, which means there is one flower inside of another. Blooming occurs in mid to late spring with two to four flowers per cluster.
They like full sun to partial shade and a slightly acidic moist-but-well-draining soil. They can planted outdoors in USDA hardiness zones 6 through 9.
Hybrid azaleas are great landscape shrubs for yards in cold climates. They are able to withstand the freezing winter temperatures and may not lose their leaves.
- Journal American Rhododendron Society: The Vuykiana Azaleas
- Rhododendron kaempferi (Christina Kaempferi Hybrid Azalea )
- The American Rhododendron Society
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