Provided for consumer information—Monrovia is not currently growing this plant.

  • Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Mounding shrub to 2 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Spring Flowering
    Blooms:
    Late spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:az-ZAY-lee-uh
    Plant type:Shrub, Rhododendron
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Compact, Round
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Mounding shrub to 2 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Late spring
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleAsian/Zen
    Design IdeasPerfect for small or urban garden settings. Plant in the foreground of a woodland setting or prune into a bonsai form. Works well in containers under a filtered sun patio cover.
    Companion PlantsInclude with a mixed color palette of Azaleas, Camellias, Hydrangeas, Japanese Maples, Painted Fern and Flowering Cherries in an Asian inspired design. Combine in a border or woodland area with summer and fall blooming perennials for color all growing season long.
  • 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).
    Partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    The Satsuki azaleas are perhaps the most highly regarded of all in Japan. Breeding has resulted there the widest range of flower color, but there is equal emphasis on growth characteristics. They are derived from crosses between R. indicum and R. eriocarpum. Satsukis were introduced to the west around 1900, but breeding didn't really take off here until the 1930s.The name "Satsuk" in Japanese comes from reference to their blooming period which is the fifth month of the Asian lunar calendar. A traditional beverage made from azalea blossoms, called 'Tugyonju', which literally means azalea wine, is produced in Korea.
    Lore:
    Azaleas are among the few blooming plants found in the traditional Japanese tea garden, and the earliest known hybrids originated in Japan. All azaleas are actually classified under genus Rhododendron, but share their own distinct taxonomical grouping.