- Botanical Name:Rhododendron ‘Golden Lights’
- Height:3 – 5 feet.
- Spacing:3 – 5 feet.
- Depth:Plant at the same depth as nursery planted.
- Spread:3 – 4 feet.
- Light Required:Full Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade
- Color:Golden Yellow-Orange
- Blooms:Late Spring, Early Summer
- Form:Deciduous, upright form.
- Flower Form:Open, funnel-shaped flowers, up to 1 1/2″ across, appear in trusses of up to 12.
- Soil Requirements:Well-drained, humus enriched, acidic soil. 4.0 to 5.5 pH.
- Growth Rate:Medium
- Pruning:Prune to shape and to remove dead and broken branches. After flowering, before new flower buds form in midsummer.
- Foliage:Ovate, dark green foliage in the summer, followed by a variable bronze-red fall color. Deciduous in winter.
- Comments:Developed and released from the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum 1986. Be careful when digging and hoeing around the base of azaleas because of the shallow root system.
This outstanding, cold-hardy variety successfully withstands harsh temperatures down to -30 degrees F! Sturdy, upright branches are covered with large, orange-yellow buds that open up to 1 1/2-in. bright yellow bloom trusses in late spring. The attractive dark green foliage turns various shades of red during the autumn months. Does best in full sun to partial shade. 3-5 ft. tall shrub has good resistance to mildew, pests and disease. Zones 4-8.