Hardiness: 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: Full Sun Sun to Partial Shade
Danger: Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Bloom Color: Magenta (Pink-Purple)
Bloom Time: Late Winter/Early Spring Mid Spring
Foliage: Evergreen Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured
Other details: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
The "Pride of Mobile" azalea is something else. They were planted as a hedge facing west in the sun all day long about 1994 at a home I know of. They have never been taken care of like watering other than when it rained, fertilizing, pruning or any other care. They were just always there. They are now 8 feet wide and about 6 feet tall. But when they bloom, WHAT A SHOW, they are sooooooooooo beautiful for 2 - 3 weeks. They have to be the strongest plant ever. With so little care and they just keep putting on a show year after year. It's a shame the blooms don't last longer as I really enjoy seeing them.
On May 4, 2007, SooBee360 from Hudson, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:
Planted small groups about 17 years ago beneath deciduous Florida oaks and pine trees. They have bloomed every single year - pale pink in one group; strong violet red in another Formosa type group. Natural acidic mulch from leaves keeps them happy. I don't dig around them as their root systems are close to surface feeders. I water them during drought. Pruning is minimal only when extending out too far into mower path. Occasional light overhead fertilizer once a year and water in thoroughly. Very little maintainance. Rarely a problem every few years with black grasshopper babies which I promptly knock them off and stomp them to pieces.
On Jul 2, 2006, SudieGoodman from Broaddus, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
Zone 8b, Heat Zone 9, deed East, Tx on Lake Sam Rayburn
My Aunt has 3 of these rare azaleas. They are trouble free. Her azaleas are 75 years old. She gave me rooted cuttings: I hope my pic is uploaded ok.
Cultivar: Pride of Mobile
Category: Perennial Shrub
Height: Aunt Lillie's are 10' tall
Hardiness: Zone 8a to 10b
Sun Exposure: Full Sun, her's in part shade on west side
Bloom Color: brilliant Magenta
Bloom Time: Late Winter/Early Spring
My young cuttings bloomed in Early Spring and stayed in flower for 3/4 weeks.
I cherish this Azalea!
I have heard of this cultivar being hard to find. I live in South Texas and I was browsing a Nursery in Kingsville and came across a "Pride of Mobile" azalea. I heard it would do well in sun. The soil in Alice, Texas (where I live) is not prepared for azaleas, but with proper care, they grow beautifully. That day, I walked away with 4 six-inch pots of azaleas... Pride of mobile was one of them. I planted them in filtered sunlight and so far they are great! Thanks for reading.