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On Saturday, April 9, from 8 a.m.-noon, the Davis Arboretum will host a native azalea sale featuring the Auburn Azalea series. The Auburn Azalea series is a collection of hybrid native azaleas that are planted throughout campus, including Samford lawn, the president’s house and the Davis Arboretum. The azaleas come in various colors, including multiple shades of orange. The native flowers represent more than three decades of breeding trials by Auburn scientists, faculty and staff, including the late professor of fisheries R. O’Neal “Smitty” Smitherman, the late dean of the College of Agriculture Dennis Rouse, retired researcher at Auburn's Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station Tom Corley, retired Auburn University Professor of Music and composer Robert Greenleaf and many others. The series includes spectacular cultivars such as ‘Samford Sorbet,’ ‘Tiger,’ ‘Aubie,’ ‘War Eagle,’ ‘Plainsman’ and more.

Newly planted native azaleas require regular watering, but once established are resilient and can withstand drought and the intense heat of summer. The plants will grow in partial shade, full shade or full sun; prefer moist, well-drained soil along steams, rivers and lakes.To ensure accuracy, each of the plants sold in the Auburn Azalea series are grown from tissue culture.

Plants in the series come in a variety of colors and can be purchased each A-Day at the Davis Arboretum’s spring plant sale. Auburn Azaleas can also be purchased at the fall plant sale or by mail order from October 1-March 1. All proceeds from the plant sales directly benefit the Davis Arboretum. For more information, visit the Davis Arboretum website.