One of the great groups of ornamental plants introduced in the last few years was the Crimson series of azaleas from Country Pines Nursery in Forest Hill, La. This series was released in 2004 and was developed from "vegetative sports" of the popular Red Formosa variety.
Crimson Majesty is the largest of the series and will mature at a height of 5 feet to 8 feet. The mid-sized variety in the series is Crimson Queen (3 feet by 3 feet), and the most dwarf form is Crimson Princess (2 feet by 2 feet). The unique characteristic of these plants is foliage coloration. Leaves are crimson on the upper and lower sides. Some fading of the crimson color may be seen on the lower and older foliage as aging occurs. Crimson Majesty has the lightest crimson color to the foliage, and Crimson Princess has the darkest crimson color to the foliage. Crimson Majesty blooms fairly well and has the red blooms similar to Red Formosa. Crimson Queen blooms some, while Crimson Princess seldom blooms.
The Crimson series of azaleas is patented. They are available at several independent retail garden centers in Louisiana. Landscape professionals can obtain plants directly from Country Pines Nursery, based on availability.
New Landscape Plant Feature: Crimson Series Azaleas