• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing to 3 to 5 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Spring Flowering
    Blooms:
    Late winter to early spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:az-ZAY-lee-uh
    Plant type:Shrub, Rhododendron
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:14 - 24
    Growth habit:Round
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing to 3 to 5 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Late winter to early spring
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleAsian/Zen
    Design IdeasAn exceptional white azalea that's a stand out against red brick or dark green foliage plants. Add to front yard foundation planting for elegant color and neutral tones. Insert into shaded edges of large canopy shade trees or against the trunks of tree groves. A natural in Asian inspired gardens, particularly for the Japanese tea style.
    Companion PlantsGroup Alaska with more vivid azaleas such as Red Ruffles Azalea, (Azalea 'Red Ruffles') and Gumpo Pink Azalea, (Azalea 'Gumpo Pink'). Pair with other acid loves such as Springs Promise Ice Angels Camellia, (Camellia japonica 'Springs Promise') and Dwarf Purple Rhododendron, (Rhododendron impeditum).
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Provide well drained soil, rich in organic matter. Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom. Keep roots cool with a thick layer of mulch.Pruning time: spring after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    The Belgian Indica hybrids were developed in Ghent, Belgium by breeders seeking a larger range of greenhouse stock for European florists. They used the evergreen azaleas, primarily R. indica and R. simsii, which had been bred for centuries in Japan. Early imports of the Belgian hybrids found favor in the deep south as outdoor plants. This is among the R. x rutherfordiana hybrids, which resulted from crosses of Japanese Kurume azaleas with the Belgian strains. This was the first white hybrid.
    Lore:
    Though they are widely known as azaleas, this is actually a specialized group of plants under the genus Rhododendron.