Series: Northern Light Series

Azalea x 'Northern Lights'

Northern Lights Hardy Azalea

Categories: Shrubs

This deciduous Azalea is a welcome addition to the garden for those of us who must suffer through brutally cold winters. Released by the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in 1994, 'Northern Hi-Lights' is hardy to Zone 4. Its sweetly fragrant flowers emerge white with splashes of yellow on the upper petals. Mildew-resistant foliage on this strong grower turns a striking burgundy red in the fall, before dropping for the season.

More About Azalea x 'Northern Lights'

  • very hardy azalea
  • breed for the northern climate
  • fragrant spring blooms
  • seedlings from a cross of Rhododendron x kosteranum X Rhododendron prinophyllum

This is an individual clonal selection made from the 'Northern Lights' seed strain introduced by Harold Pellett of Minnesota. It was selected for vigor and heavy flowering. Uniform growth habit.

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4-6 ft


4-5 ft

Hardiness Zone:


Azalea x 'Northern Lights' Characteristics


  • Mass Plant
  • Good for Naturalizing
  • Good for Shady Sites
  • Fragrant


  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Shade Tolerant
  • Part Sun/Part Shade

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Slow

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Average
  • Moist

Flower Color

  • Pink
  • Light Pink


  • Spreading
  • Upright