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R. 'Frank Abbott'
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Overview:A hybrid deciduous azalea with neon pink flowers with a spicy scent in early spring. It is so bright you almost need sunglasses to look at it. It was developed by Ed Mezzitt and is a cross of a mollis hybrid and the native azalea R. prinophyllum. For many years a mix up occurred and R. 'Frank Abbott' was sold as R. 'Jane Abbott' by some nurseries. This is the correct R. 'Frank Abbott'.
|Name||Rhododendron 'Frank Abbott'|
|Hybridizer/Origination||Mezzitt and Weston Nurseries (mollis hybrid x R. prinophyllum)|
|Soil Type||Sandy loam|
|Sun/Shade||Morning sun / afternoon shade or filtered light throughout the day. Whereas more sun is fine for earlier blooming plants, later blooming plants prefer less sun. The more light a plant gets, the more bloom buds will set the following year. Blooming plants that blossom later in the year and receive too much direct afternoon sun, may result in blooms lasting a shorter time period. Avoid full afternoon sun unless in the northern regions of the country.|
|Bloom Time||Early spring|
|Foliage interest?||reddish orange in fall|