• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing 2 to 4 ft. high, 3 to 5 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Spring Flowering
    Blooms:
    Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:az-ZAY-lee-uh
    Plant type:Shrub, Rhododendron
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Compact, Round
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing 2 to 4 ft. high, 3 to 5 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:Pink
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleAsian/Zen
    Design IdeasExceptional early spring color for partial shade beds, borders and foundation plantings. A natural under large tree groves and on the perimeter of wildlands or naturalistic landscapes. A traditional choice for Asian inspired gardens. Bold color for reflecting pools and water gardens.
    Companion PlantsThis Azalea works nicely with other Asian garden plants such as Weeping Cherry, Japanese Maple, Hydrangea, Camellia and Liriope. It's exceptional alongside the colored foliage Oregon Grape Holly and Painted Fern.
  • 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 Kurume azaleas are hybrids of two species, A. obtusum and A. kiusianum, both native to the island of Kyushu, the southernmost island of Japan. The Kurume hybrids have been crossing naturally for centuries in the Japanese highlands and Japanese growers have been producing A. x obtusum hybrids for generations with over 700 different cultivars credited to this endeavor. The Kurume hybrids were first introduced to the west at the 1915 Panama Pacific Exhibition in San Francisco.