Solar Glow Sunbow - Native Azalea

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Solar Glow Sunbow Azalea | Rhododendron 'QbackB' PPAF

Step into the enchanting realm of horticultural wonders with the Solar Glow Sunbow Azalea, scientifically referred to as Rhododendron 'QbackB' PPAF. If you're looking for a beautiful addition to your garden that's both low-maintenance and visually striking, this exquisite gem is the perfect choice.

This stunning Azalea variety, known as the Solar Glow Sunbow, is truly a sight to behold. With its vibrant foliage and breathtaking blooms, it is sure to captivate any garden enthusiast, regardless of age. The foliage displays a captivating variety of colors, with leaves that span from vibrant green to rich burgundy, ensuring your landscape remains visually appealing throughout the year. Prepare to be captivated by the stunning display of colorful flowers during bloom time. With a vibrant array of hues ranging from pinks to oranges and reds, these blossoms are sure to mesmerize anyone who lays eyes on them. This compact shrub is an excellent choice for borders, containers, or as a standout feature in your garden beds. Its moderate height and width make it a versatile addition to any garden.

The Solar Glow Sunbow Azalea is truly exceptional with its effortless growth and blooms that last for a long time. This hardy shrub is incredibly low-maintenance and can adapt to a wide range of environments, making it a perfect addition to any garden, whether it's in the suburbs or a bustling city. In addition, the prolonged period of blooming guarantees a constant burst of vibrant hues, creating a captivating centerpiece for your outdoor area all through the year.

Ultimately, the Solar Glow Sunbow Azalea is more than just a plant - it's a mesmerizing work of art that adds delight and elegance to any garden. Experience the beauty of nature with its stunning foliage, colorful blooms, and easy maintenance, ensuring it will be a cherished addition to your outdoor space for many years.

General Care:

Caring for your Solar Glow Sunbow Azalea is incredibly easy, making it a perfect choice for gardeners of all experience levels. Here are some important tips to ensure the health and vitality of your garden:

For optimal growth, it's important to select a spot that has soil that drains well and is slightly acidic. Additionally, make sure the area receives a good amount of sunlight, ranging from partial shade to full sun exposure. Prepare the perfect spot for your new plant by creating a hole that is double the width and equal in depth to the root ball. Carefully lower the plant into the hole and fill it up with soil, ensuring a secure foundation. Be sure to water your plants thoroughly after planting to give them the best chance of establishing strong roots.

Ensure that the soil remains adequately moist, without becoming overly saturated, particularly when faced with dry conditions. It's important to water your plants deeply once or twice a week, taking into consideration the amount of rainfall and temperature.

Applying a layer of organic mulch, like pine straw or shredded bark, around the plant's base can be beneficial. It helps to retain moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature.

Pruning is essential for maintaining a compact shape and promoting new growth. It is recommended to lightly prune after the blooming period. Prune away any lifeless or injured branches, and trim back any untidy growth to encourage a more robust, lush plant.

For optimal growth, it is recommended to nourish your Solar Glow Sunbow Azalea with a well-balanced fertilizer specifically designed for plants that thrive in acidic soil. Apply this fertilizer in the spring, right before the start of new growth. It is important to adhere to the manufacturer's guidelines regarding application rates and frequency.

Ordering and Shipping

Our processing time is usually 1-3 days after receiving the order. Orders taken after 4:00 pm on Wednesday through Sunday will be shipped the following Monday.

The Plant Factory, Inc. offers the best shipping processes to ensure quick, safe, and near-perfect results every time. Cold and heat may deter your order temporarily until it is safe to receive and plant your plants/trees in your area. At our discretion, we will hold your order till the threat is gone, ensuring you receive the healthiest, viable product ordered.


The Plant Factory, Inc. offers the very best shipping processes to ensure quick, safe, and near-perfect results every time. Cold and heat may deter your order temporality until it is safe to receive and plant your plants/trees in your area. At our discretion, we will hold order till the threat is gone ensuring you with the healthiest- viable product ordered.

Summer - Above 95 degrees | Winter - Below 34 degrees

  Plant Highlight

  • Growing Zone: 6-9
  • Plant Brand: Encore ® Azalea Solar Glow Sunbow Azalea | Rhododendron 'QbackB' PPAF
  • Botanical Name: 
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Flower Color: Bright Orange and Red with Yellow Shades in spring
  • Flower Fragrance: Slight
  • Fall Color: Yes
  • Type: Deciduous 
  • Mature Height: 6-8 Feet Tall
  • Mature Width: 6-8' Feet Wide
  • Growth Rate: Slow
  • Exposure: Sun, Part Shade, and Shade.
  • Soil Needs: Well, drained not too wet or soggy
  • Water Needs: Moderate as needed once established
  • Pruning Needs: As needed in-between flowering
  • Awards:
  • Grown by: The Plant Factory
  • Pollinator Friendly: Yes
  • Deer Resistant: No
  • Pet Friendly: No
  • Reblooming: No
  • Cold and Heat Tolerant: Yes

Note: We put pictures and videos on our site to best represent our products, as an example of our quality as a grower.  You may, however receive a smaller or larger plant than pictured depending on the season you buy. You may or may not get a plant blooming as shown on our site.  We usually trim off blooms because they do not ship well. Your purchase of our plants should be considered an investment in your future garden and enjoy the process of growing it to its full potential. 


Why The Plant Factory, Inc is a good choice?

Our plants are grown at our nursery. Our experienced staff use the best horticultural practices to ensure our plants are of the utmost health and quality. We select your plants as if we were buying them ourselves. Our standard goals are to exceed our customers’ expectations. We pride ourselves for great “out of the box” experiences with hassle-free customer service and quick resolutions.

Limited Conditional Warranty: Warranty is limited to guaranteeing plants will arrive safely and in good and healthy condition, and is conditioned on Seller receiving prompt notice (within 24 hours of delivery) of any problem with the condition accompanied by photo validation. No other additional, extended or long-term Warranty is expressed or implied. Minor broken branches and some leaf discoloration is considered cosmetic and normal for shipping plants through the mail. Keep in mind when if this happens these minor issues will not affect the health of your plants and trees. Loose soil does not qualify for any warranty replacement. Simply put back in container and water thoroughly, let rest for a few days and then replant.