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Dorothy Hayden Azalea

Attracts Butterflies, Birds & Hummingbirds

  • Low maintenance shrub
  • Fragrant flowers 
  • Winter interest
  • Pollution tolerant

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Product Details

Are you looking for a small, compact shrub with a lot of beauty? We suggest you try the Dorothy Hayden Azalea.

Dorothy Hayden Azalea features

What makes the Dorothy Hayden different from the rest? Developed by Robert Gartell, the Dorothy Hayden comes from New Jersey. The concept behind the development was to select and further breed cultivars with the best performance, in order to extend their flowering period and keep the majority of their leaves in the winter months. Large, showy, pure white, funnel shaped flowers grow on the Dorothy Hayden. They open from May until June. The flowers of the Dorothy Hayden pop up continuously for 2 months. The leaves of the Dorothy Hayden Azalea are mid green, ovate and medium sized. This slow growing evergreen matures to 2 ft. in height with a 4.5 ft. spread. This azalea is a compact plant that does not need to be pruned. It can however, be clipped into shape in June.

Landscape ideas for the Dorothy Hayden Azalea

The great thing about the Dorothy Hayden Azalea is how versatile it is. Due to its small, compact shape the possibilities are endless. What makes it an even more charming addition to your landscape is the bloom and fragrance combination. The Dorothy Hayden Azalea works great in a variety of ways. It is great for shaded woodland, gardens, foundations, hedges, mixed borders, in containers or as a house plant. Dorothy Hayden’s could be used as a specimen or as an accent plant.

How to care for a Dorothy Hayden Azalea

The Dorothy Hayden Azalea is a low maintenance shrub. It does not need to be pruned or clipped into shape. It is all a matter of preference. The Dorothy Hayden will grow in all garden soil types. It does however, perform best in average to moist soil. It does favor consistent moisture, it is best to keep soil from drying out completely. This azalea shrub likes to be in semi shade to fully shaded areas.

Additional Information

Shipping Restriction AZ
Grows in Zones 6, 7, 8
Sunlight Part Sun, Part Shade
Soil Type Adaptable
Mature Height 1-2 Feet
Mature Width 5-6 Feet
Drought Tolerance Good
Bloom Color White
Botanical Name Rhododendron 'Dorothy Hayden'

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Planting & Care

How to Plant & Care for Your new Dorothy Hayden Azalea

When planting your Azalea be sure you have the right location and conditions for your new plants to thrive. 

Planting time:  Spring and Fall are ideal times to plant Azaleas.  However, if you avoid freezing and extremely hot temperatures you can plant any time of the year.

Sun: Full sun tends to burn most Azaleas especially in warmer climates so look for a site that provides a balanced mix of shade and sun.  

Soil:  Be sure your soil is well-drained and acidic.  If you have alkaline soil, be sure to amend your soil.  To acidify your soil amend with compost, elemental sulfur, or use fertilizers specific for acid loving plants.  Mulching with pine straw or pine bark will help over time as they begin to break down, but are not an immediate solution.  To improve drainage in something like a heavy clay soil, add compost and be sure to loosen up the soil well before planting. 

Fertilizer:  Choose a fertilizer for acid loving plants.  Fertilize in late winter or early spring to give the upcoming blooms a boost.

Pruning:  You don’t need to prune azaleas, but pruning after they are done blooming can help encourage a bushier growth and renew an older plant.

Planting Instructions

Planting Directions

Step 1:

Unpack all of your plants right away! Look for the perfect location. Make sure you are planting in the correct light conditions.

Step 2:

Dig a hole twice the width of the root ball. Position your plant in the hole. Make sure the top of the root ball is slightly higher than the original grade of the bed. Also check to make sure it is straight from all sides.

Step 3:

Fill up hole with water before placing new plant in hole in order to saturate the surrounding soil.  Once the water is absorbed place your plant in the hole and water thoroughly.  


Planting a shrub digging the hole

Step 4:

Mix the potting soil and the soil removed from the hole. Start by backfilling soil around the root ball. Carefully pack in the soil to remove any air pockets. Water plant thoroughly again until the soil will not hold any more water. This will ensure that your new plant will be a success.

Step 5:

Fertilize around your plant with the amount recommended on the package. Our special Fertilizer contains all of the nutrients to keep your plants growing and healthy. Repeat every 3 months.

Step 6:

Finish up by mulching around your new plant.  Apply 2 - 3 inches of mulch around the plant and plant bed. Mulch will help keep the soil moist and keep weeds out.

Step 7:

Keep watered with a hose every 2-3 days for 2 weeks. This is critical for plant survival. In the third week, begin to water as needed depending on the weather. Always check by placing your finger under the mulch to see if the soil is moist.



Shipping and Delivery

Most orders ship next business day.  Please allow 1-3 business day to process and pack your order for shipping.  View the Fedex shipping map below.  Please note that Fedex ships Monday-Saturday only and shipping times on the map below are not guaranteed.  West coast orders MAY be held until the following Monday to prevent additional transit time on sensitive plants.  Your plants will be carefully packaged and shipped using Fedex.   

You will receive a confirmation via email when Fedex picks up your shipment.  Delivery emails are also sent when your package arrives.  As soon as your package arrives, It is important to open your boxes and water your new plants thoroughly.

How much is shipping? Add all of your items to the cart.  At checkout, your shipping price to ship your order will be displayed.

Each plant is carefully hand selected and packaged making sure that they will arrive ready to plant!  We ship Fedex Home Delivery which will ensure you package will also be delivered on a Saturday.  

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