• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Showy Spring Flowers
    Blooms:
    Mid to Late Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:az-ZAY-lee-uh
    Plant type:Shrub, Rhododendron
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Growth habit:Rounded
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide.
    Special features:Easy Care, Gift Plant
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Mid to Late Spring
    Flower color:Pink
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Cottage
    Design IdeasExceptional early spring color for beds, borders and foundation planting. Add to perimeter plantings. A natural beneath large tree groves and the verges of wildlands or naturalistic landscapes. A traditional choice for Asian inspired gardens. Bold color for reflecting pools and water gardens.
    Companion PlantsHydrangea (Hydrangea); Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia); Astilbe (Astilbe); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra); Coral Bells (Heuchera)
  • 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: 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 to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    The breeding these azaleas began early on in Japan centuries before it was opened to western botanists. The Exbury Hybrids were developed by Baron von Rothschild at his Exbury, England estate. During the 1920s and 30s, he combined existing hybrids with those imported from North America, Japan and China to produce some truly astounding new plants. Exbuys did not do well in the American South where so many other azaleas thrive due to a marked intolerance of extreme heat. However, Exburys have been used by southern breeders in the ancestry of modern hybrids due to the improvement in flower size and quantity.
    Lore:
    Though they are known as azaleas, all azalea hybrids are technically members of the genus Rhododendron. Azaleas and cherry blossoms are the two plants that symbolize spring in the Japanese tea garden.