Evergreen Azalea Elsie Lee AGM  STANDARD

Evergreen Azalea Elsie Lee AGM STANDARD


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Flowering Month:
Flower Colour:
Purple & Blue
Height After 10 Years:
Not Scented
Interesting Foliage:
To -20 °C
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Stunning double lilac-lavender flowers up to 60mm which last well, flowering in late May. A recent introduction and proving very popular, as this is a different colour to most other azaleas. A neat grower with a fairly upright habit, sometimes semi deciduous foliage. 

These Standards have a clear stem of approximately 50cm, with a head measuring approximately 15-20cm now. You can expect the head to measure 60-80cm in 10 years. The stem should always be supported with a cane or small stake. Ideal for containers, but always choose a wide pot to aide stability.

  • Ideal for containers and small gardens, makes a real statement!
  • Easy to grow.
  • Group:Evergreen Azalea (Shammarello hybrid).
  • Parentage: 'Desiree' X ' Rosebud' (Gable)
  • Hybridization date: pre 2000 (1960).
  • Bred by: A.M. Shammarello. Origin: American.
  • Habit: Upright.
  • Ideal position: Most garden situations.
  • Ideal soil: pH 4.5 to 6.
  • RHS Hardiness Rating: H6.
  • How we usually propagate this plant: Cutting.
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit.

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"Good quality plants. Good top growth, straight stems and strong root ball. Very pleased with them."

Good to know


Standard Rhododendrons (grown on a stem) were popular during the first half of the twentieth century, and are now finding renewed interest as they help to provide a variety of flowering heights and interest within the garden. We grow a limited range of rhododendrons and azaleas as standards, grown on a single straight stem. These are ideal for patio pots or formal situations (and better looking than a Bay tree!).

Please note: Standards require a good stake throughout their life to prevent wind damage. Taller standards are suitable for growing in the ground, but only short standards should be grown in pots to avoid being blown over in high winds. Standards such as evergreen azaleas can suffer in cold winters as the stems are more exposed than usual. Consider the use of pipe insulation on the stems in times of hard winters.

If growing in containers, repot into a slightly larger pot every 3 years, using a good ericaceous compost.

The Basics

Ideal soil

Acidic soil, good organic content, pH 4.5-6.0. Inkarho range of rhododendrons will tolerate soils up to pH7.5

Sun or Shade

Light dappled shade is best for most varieties.


Refer to hardiness rating. Give young plants protection.

Site Selection

Avoid close to trees, roots, invasive weeds, walls, hot patios, dry banks and waterlogged soils. Do not use weed matting or stone mulch.

Plant spacing

Use the height shown in 10 years as a guide to the distance between each plant. Allow room for plant to fill out. If planting closer for instant impact, be prepared to move plants after a few years.


  • 3 litre pot, dig in 10-20 litres of ericaceous compost.
  • 7.5 litre pot, dig in 20-30 litres of ericaceous compost.
  • 70-80cm specimen, dig in 60 litres of ericaceous compost.
  • 100-120cm specimen, dig in 120 litres of ericaceous compost.

Planting depth

Plant high in the ground, with the top of the rootball visible.


Slow-release ericaceous feed recommended in March and straight after flowering.


Recommended every few years.


The key ingredient! Keep moist all season, especially the critical time at end of June for flower bud initiation. Tap water is better than no water. Heavy dose at least once per week in dry weather.


Ensure good drainage in winter, especially with yellow flowering varieties. Avoid waterlogged sites.


Rhododendrons and Camellias: Not normally required. Tidy wayward shoots after flowering.

Evergreen azaleas and Bloombux can be clipped into a low hedge.

Magnolias and Acers: Formative pruning when young to shape into a tree or bush.


Remove old flower-heads, particularly on young or weak plants.

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