• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Filtered to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 3 to 5 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Elegant White Flowers
    Blooms:
    Late Winter to Early Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:az-ZAY-lee-uh
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:14 - 24
    Growth habit:Round
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 3 to 5 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide.
    Special features:Easy Care, Gift Plant
    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 PlantsHydrangea (Hydrangea); Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra); Camellia (Camellia); Clethra (Clethra); Japanese Maple (Acer)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide acidic, well-drained soil rich in organic matter. Best in an east or north exposure, protected from harsh sun. Follow a regular schedule of deep waterings during first growing season to establish an extensive root system. 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 to partial 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.

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