• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall, 3 to 5 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Sensational Spring Flowers
    Blooms:
    Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:az-ZAY-lee-uh
    Plant type:Shrub, Rhododendron
    Deciduous/evergreen:Semi-evergreen
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall, 3 to 5 ft. wide.
    Special features:Easy Care, Gift Plant
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:Pink
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Cottage
    Design IdeasA heavy bloomer for spicy early spring foundation beds out front of the house. Spot into mixed borders for welcome spring color addition. Use for fleshing out partially shaded bends beneath tree groves. A good selection for sideyards with enough light and courtyards in the South. An important component of the Japanese tea garden to signify the season of spring with its blooms. Newly discovered for modern architecture as a single bold shrub for enclosed outdoor spaces.
    Companion PlantsGardenia (Gardenia); Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Daphne (Daphne); Tree Fern (Dicksonia); Fatsia (Fatsia)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in humus-rich, acidic, well-drained soils. Shelter from harsh sun exposures in hot summer areas. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, maintain evenly moist soil. Keep roots cool with a layer of mulch. Prune to shape and apply an acid fertilizer after flowering.Pruning time: late spring to summer..
    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
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This variety is descended from the Kempheri Hybrid Azaleas which originated with R. kempheri, native to the mountains of Japan. The species was first introduced to America by the Arnold Arboretum in 1892. Early hybridization of this species began around 1900 in Holland. This is one of the Girard Hybrids developed and introduced by Girard Nurseries in Geneva, Ohio.
    Lore:
    In its habitat of origin on volcano slopes of northern Japan, these are known as "torch azaleas" due to the naturally intense coloring.