Formosa Azalea Shrub

Formosa Azalea Shrub

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  • Showy flowers

  • Drought tolerant

  • Low maintenance

Regular price $29.95

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  • Family owned farm since 1980
  • You're good to grow this in Zone X

Huge Iconic Purple Blooms Bloom Prolifically in Early Spring

If you are looking to really ‘wow’ with your landscape, look no further. The Formosa Azalea Shrub will have neighbors and guests alike in awe with its luxurious blooms! Our favorite azalea variety.

The Azalea Formosa features rich, lavender-pink blossoms with darker accented blotches that are large and showy. This evergreen shrub will bloom early spring to midseason on tall, upright plants. Sometimes a second flower bud will appear in early fall with fragrant red flowers. The large evergreen foliage of the plant will have colored blooms covering the deep dark green color to contrast nicely.

This fast-growing azalea bush is not deciduous and will keep its deep pink blossoms until the first frost. It is a spreading type plant that spreads from seed pods and can be planted in dappled shade. Its fast growth rate makes it very versatile to grow!


The red Formosa Azalea is the most widely planted flowering shrub in the south, and its care is minimal and it withstands drought, heat, and cold. This evergreen azalea prefers well-drained soil that is rich in humus and organic matter and can grow up to 8 feet tall with a 6 feet widespread. Truly remarkable!

The soil preferences of the southern indica azalea are minimal. It can tolerate a variety of soils and planting sites. The Formosa does need protection from the wind and regular required watering. Azaleas prefer being planted in a medium with a soil pH of 4.5-6. They like acidic soil! Perform a soil test if needed or use our Acidic Potting Mix!

The Formosa bush prefers full sun to partial shade and is somewhat cold hardy but cannot withstand freezing temperatures. Semi drought tolerant once established. Has an upright growth habit and is a great choice for foundation planting.

Where to Plant Formosa Azaleas

Grow across the United States in USDA plant hardiness zones 7-10.

It is recommended that you apply a thick layer (roughly 3 inches) of mulch around the azalea shrub to help control weed growth. Use a regular watering schedule throughout the first growing season to help establish a root system. You can use mulch, organic materials, or pine needles to mulch the shallow-rooted plant.

Loosen the roots when you plant the azaleas to encourage a quick growth rate. Keep soil moist and water the planted azalea thoroughly. These acid-loving plants will benefit from an annual application of slow-release fertilizer at the top of the root ball.

Prune azaleas in late spring or early summer maintain desired size and shape. Cut back diseased or dead branches to allow room for new growth. Make sure you do not prune until after the flowering is finished but before new flower buds arrive. You can even prune this bush into a Formosa Tree! Trim or pinch back wilted flowers to encourage new bloom each spring.

You will love our Formosa Azalea plants for sale! They are easy to grow and so beautiful!

Check out our Azalea Grow Guide!

Shipping information

Once your Formosa Azalea Shrub order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

Growing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order and the destination it is being shipped. Please see the chart on the Shipping Info page to get an exact amount. We frequently have a free shipping promotion to help you save!



The Formosa Azalea prefers full sun to part shade, preferably in the afternoon. Five or more hours of direct sunlight is needed for optimum blooms. In hotter climates, morning sun exposure is best, with shaded afternoons so as to prevent heat stress. Azaleas prefer well-drained acidic soils with a PH between 5.5 and 6.5. They are quite drought tolerant, however soil should be kept moist (but not soggy) until established.

Azaleas maintain their form quite well naturally, but selective pruning can help stimulate rejuvenated foliage and tame any leggy growth. Pruning should take place as soon as spring flowers have faded, do not prune beyond early summer or new bud growth could be damaged.


Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is just above the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright. Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your Formosa Azalea, our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

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Botanical Name
Azalea indica 'Formosa'

Partial Sun / Partial Shade

Flower Color
Pink, purple

Foliage Color

Mature Width
4-6 ft

Mature Height
6-8 ft

Growing Zones 7, 8, 9, 10

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Debra H.

Plant came packaged well with nice full branches and leaves. Will have to wait until next year to see the blooms.


Perfect Plants is awesome!! All of my plants arrived safe and beautiful! Any time I had to contact the responses w/ quickness! Will definitely purchase again.

Donald L.

We received our plants in only 2 days, they were expertly packaged and delivered undamaged. We planted them a day or two later. Couldn't be happier.

Carol C.

Jerry S.

We live in north GA and the I always saw the Azaleas blooming around town. Found these plants and called to ask for photo. Nikki was great help and we ordered 10 for our front entrance. Plants were packaged well just as Nikki said they would be. Overall good shopping experience.

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