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Rhododendron x 'George Taber' 'George Taber' Azalea1

Edward F. Gilman2


Profuse, pink springtime blooms are so plentiful and large that they completely hide the foliage, making 'George Taber' azalea a favorite landscape shrub in the south. This large, spreading evergreen azalea is most impressive when used in mass plantings but makes an attractive specimen planting as well. Plant in mass on 4- to 6-foot centers.

General Information

Scientific name: Rhododendron x 'George Tabor'
Pronunciation: roe-duh-DEN-drun
Common name(s): 'George Taber' azalea
Family: Ericaceae
Plant type: shrub
USDA hardiness zones: 8 through 10 (Fig. 1)
Planting month for zone 8: year round
Planting month for zone 9: year round
Planting month for zone 10: year round
Origin: not native to North America
Uses: mass planting; specimen; attracts butterflies; cut flowers; foundation
Availability: generally available in many areas within its hardiness range

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Shaded area represents potential planting range.

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Height: 10 to 12 feet
Spread: 8 to 10 feet
Plant habit: round
Plant density: moderate
Growth rate: slow
Texture: medium


Leaf arrangement: alternate
Leaf type: simple
Leaf margin: entire
Leaf shape: ovate
Leaf venation: pinnate
Leaf type and persistence: evergreen
Leaf blade length: 2 to 4 inches
Leaf color: green
Fall color: no fall color change
Fall characteristic: not showy


Flower color: pink
Flower characteristic: spring flowering; winter flowering


Fruit shape: elongated
Fruit length: .5 to 1 inch
Fruit cover: dry or hard
Fruit color: brown
Fruit characteristic: inconspicuous and not showy

Trunk and Branches

Trunk/bark/branches: not particularly showy; typically multi-trunked or clumping stems.



This document is FPS509, one of a series of the Environmental Horticulture Department, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date October 1999. Reviewed February 2014. Visit the EDIS website at


Edward F. Gilman, professor, Environmental Horticulture Department; UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL 32611.

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