• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate grower to 2 to 4 ft. tall, 3 to 5 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Spring Flowering
    Blooms:
    Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:az-ZAY-lee-uh
    Plant type:Shrub, Rhododendron
    Deciduous/evergreen:Semi-evergreen
    Growth habit:Spreading
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate grower to 2 to 4 ft. tall, 3 to 5 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:Red
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleAsian/Zen
    Design IdeasA perfectly sized azalea for high profile foundation planting. Attention getter at close range around outdoor living areas or to liven up dull shrub borders. Create irregular groups in sheltered locations around tree groves and in acidic soils in conjunction with conifers. Superior choice for both Chinese and Japanese inspired gardens.
    Companion PlantsThis azalea works nicely with other Asian garden plants such as Cheals Weeping Cherry, (Prunus serrulata 'Kiku-shidare-zakura'), Oshio Beni Japanese Maple, (Acer palmatum 'Oshio-Beni') and Silver Dragon Liriope, (Liriope spicata 'Silver Dragon'). It's exceptional along side Orangee Flame Oregon Grape Holly, (Mahonia aquifolium 'Orangee Flame') or Deer Fern, (Blechum spicant).
  • 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 shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This azalea belongs to the dwarf kurume group which originated in Japan. They are hybrid offspring of crosses between two natives of Kyushu Island, the southernmost of the Japanese string. Parent species are R. obtusuand R. kiusianum. The latter is a low growing form that lends the dwarf stature to the Kurume hybrids.
    Lore:
    The Kurume azaleas are preferred for the art of bonsai due to their smaller stature and diminutive leaves.