Satsuki Azalea, Southern Indica Hybrid Azalea 'George L. Taber'

Rhododendron indicum

Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rhododendron (roh-do-DEN-dron) (Info)
Species: indicum (IN-dih-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: George L. Taber
Additional cultivar information:(aka George Lindley Taber)
Hybridized by Hume
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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Mid Spring



Other details:

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Patent Information:

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Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Atmore, Alabama

Muscadine, Alabama

Vincent, Alabama

Santa Barbara, California

Wilmington, Delaware

Keystone Heights, Florida

Trenton, Florida

Atlanta, Georgia

Dallas, Georgia

Douglasville, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia

Coushatta, Louisiana

Valley Lee, Maryland

Saint Louis, Missouri

Caldwell, New Jersey

Charlotte, North Carolina

Durham, North Carolina

Matthews, North Carolina

Morehead City, North Carolina

Central, South Carolina

Clemson, South Carolina

Conway, South Carolina

Cordova, Tennessee

Alice, Texas

Coppell, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Vidor, Texas

Winnsboro, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 21, 2012, zkmayo from Matthews, NC wrote:

Planted 5 3 gallon plants this fall. They are doing great. Got a few blooms this spring along with some fresh green growth. I look forward to these shrubs being a beautiful, show-stopping type addition to my yard in the years to come. I have over 10 types of azalea in my yard, but these are my favorite.


On Mar 9, 2009, grandazalea from Lonoke, AR wrote:

This was cultivated at the Glenn St mary Nursery Company Co in Florida
I feel this is the prettiest of the azaleas but I am a little partial to it! My grandfather was the one that cultivated it :)


On Jul 5, 2006, GeorgiaJo from Dallas, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Beautiful plant. Even thrives on my neglect. Grows and blooms every April.


On Jan 26, 2006, raisedbedbob from Walkerton, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

Wonderful Azalea. Needs little pruning. Blooms abundantly. Clean bloom drop.