Evergreen Azalea Santa Maria AGM

Evergreen Azalea Santa Maria AGM


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Flowering Month:
Flower Colour:
Orange, Red
Height After 10 Years:
Not Scented
Interesting Foliage:
To -20 °C
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3 litre
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15 litre
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Wonderful large glowing orange-red flowers in May on a strong growing plant of upright habit with good glossy dark green leaves. Height 75-90cm in 10 years.

 Much admired by Roy Lancaster when he visited our Nursery, and now gracing his garden.

  • Ideal for containers and small gardens.
  • Easy to grow.
  • Group:Evergreen Azalea (kaempferi hybrid).
  • Parentage: unknown.
  • Hybridization date: unknown but before 1983.
  • Bred by: unknown. Origin: unknown.
  • 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, 2013.



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"Arrived well packaged. It’s now thriving in it’s new home producing lots of colourful flowers. "
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"As usual,plants were carefully packed and delivered and of excellent quality."
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"Having had a poor experience buying plants online previously, I was a little reluctant to proceed with this order. However, I needn't have worried. The plants were dispatched quickly and arrived in great condition. They are in the ground and thriving. Unlike other online plant retailers, I highly recommend Millais Nurseries because the plants arrived having been well cared for."
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"The azalea arrived promptly and well packaged so suffered no damage in transit. It is a beautiful and very healthy plant which already looks amazing in my garden."
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"Outstanding "
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"Beautiful flowering plant in excellent condition and well packaged. Thank you very much."
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"Excellent plant, very good value for money. Would highly recommend this nursery."
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"Easy ordering,plants arrive before stated date,packaging excellent.Good healthy plants ,these now planted out looking well."
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"Very pleased with my purchase Really nice quality plant Would definitely recommend "
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"according to Jozef Heursel’s book ‘Japanese Azaleas’, bred by Oscar Wuyts in 1944 and distributed by T.M. Tollenaere in 1944 Belgium. "

Good to know

Evergreen Azaleas

From a botanical point of view, evergreen azaleas are part of the rhododendron family, but typically they only have 5-7 stamens in the flowers instead of 11-13 stamens present in other rhododendrons. Evergreen azaleas, sometimes known as Japanese azaleas, are as popular as ever, and are ideal for any size of garden from a window box to a large estate. Most azaleas grow to 60-75 cm in 10 years, but look out for our speciality nakaharae azaleas which are late flowering, prostrate, and excellent for cascading over walls or tubs.


Some of the first evergreen azaleas were introduced by Ernest Wilson (Wilson’s 50) from Japan at the beginning of the twentieth century. These small flowered varieties are full of character, best seen at the Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park where they look delightful. However, these early plants are not as hardy as modern varieties such as those bred in Northern Germany. Other breeders, particularly in America, have concentrated on breeding larger flowers which can certainly look impressive. When buying plants, consider the hardiness range needed for your area, as some plants are much hardier than others. Our range should not be compared to the R. indica types which are sold as houseplants and are not fully hardy outside. Evergreen azaleas prefer light dappled shade, though they will tolerate sun or shady positions.


All require good moist ericaceous soil with a high organic content. For a guide to plant spacing, use the height we give in 10 years as a guide to the distance between each plant, or approximately 3 plants per m². Plant no deeper than the top of the rootball, and dig in plenty of good ericaceous compost around the sides. A teaspoon of slow release feed is sufficient for a 3 litre plant, rising to a small handful for a mature plant. Evergreen azaleas are suitable for growing in pots and containers; re-pot every 3 years for best performance.

Size Guide

Size guide

picture for example only

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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