Azalea 'Red Ruffles' hardiness question

Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VAMarch 25, 2010

I saw Azalea 'Red Ruffles' being offered at a local Home Depot last year, and it was rated 'zone 9' on the tag. Then, this season, there they were again, but this time the tag says 0-10ºF. So, if anyone is familiar with this azalea, how much cold can it really take? I'm in zone 7 so we occasionally get to 0ºF. I kept it in the garage over winter and it's in full bloom now, but it would be nice if I could put it in the ground.

Thanks!

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rhodyman(SE PA, USDA Z6)

There are 4 different azaleas called Red Ruffles.

'Red Ruffles' or 'Redwings' Brooks evg az, zone 8
'Red Ruffles' Rutherford evg az, zone 7a
'Red Ruffles' Southern Indian evg az, zone 9
'Red Ruffles Variegated' Southern Indian evg az, zone 9

Steve Henning

    Bookmark   March 25, 2010 at 3:34PM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

Steve,

Good grief. How do I know which I have? I guess I'll just throw it in the ground and see if it lives!

Mine seems to have 'double' blossoms. That is, the a blossom within a blossom (hose-in-hose) and the edges are frilly. Flower color is a very hot pink. Leaves sort of look like the Belgian indica type. I guess it could be a Rutherford hybrid though there was nothing on the tag about that.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2010 at 8:35AM
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rhodyman(SE PA, USDA Z6)

You wrote: "Mine seems to have 'double' blossoms. That is, the a blossom within a blossom (hose-in-hose) and the edges are frilly. Flower color is a very hot pink. Leaves sort of look like the Belgian indica type. I guess it could be a Rutherford hybrid though there was nothing on the tag about that."

OK lets see how that fits with the different Red Ruffles:

'Red Ruffles' or 'Redwings' Brooks evg az, zone 8
strong red, semidouble, ruffled

'Red Ruffles' Rutherford evg az, zone 7a
strong red, semidouble, hose-in-hose
This is the plant Monrovia sells as 'Red Ruffles' here is their photo:

'Red Ruffles' Southern Indian evg az, zone 9
red, hose-in-hose

'Red Ruffles Variegated' Southern Indian evg az, zone 9
leaves variegated

They probably are all ruffled or they wouldn't be named 'Red Ruffles'

So it sounds like they must be very similar except for hardiness.

Steve Henning

    Bookmark   March 26, 2010 at 9:47PM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

Here's a pic of mine. The color is a bit deeper red than is seen here. Odd that they all are described as being similar -- except for hardiness. Well, I have a warm microclimate to plant it in. so we'll see how it does!

My 'Red Ruffles':

    Bookmark   March 29, 2010 at 8:52AM
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