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PlantFiles: Azalea
Rhododendron 'Hershey's Red'

Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rhododendron (roh-do-DEN-dron) (Info)
Cultivar: Hershey's Red

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Patent Information:

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive myriban On Mar 25, 2010, myriban from Northeast region, NJ (Zone 6b) wrote:

I've had mine in full shade in a north facing bed and they bloom beautifully every year regardless of the lack of sunlight or the harshness of the winters. In the last 10 years, however, they have remained the same size - approx 20" tall. But again, the color is vibrant and they hold their leaves. Great color & evergreen option for shade!

Positive claypa On May 31, 2008, claypa from West Pottsgrove, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

A bright red evergreen azalea with 2 inch / 5 cm hose-in-hose flowers. Hybridized at Hershey's Azalea Farm in Gap, Pennsylvania.


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

Oxford, Connecticut
Augusta, Georgia
Wyckoff, New Jersey
Arden, North Carolina
Lenoir, North Carolina
Nashville, North Carolina
Pottstown, Pennsylvania
Chester, Virginia

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