David C. Royster
(Amy Azalea, Evergreen Azalea)
An evergreen azalea with close ties to the Kurume Hybrids, 'Amy' bears large soft pink flowers with red-speckled upper lobes from early to mid-spring.
The semi-double blooms are hose-in-hose (with two "stacked" whorls of petals). The small oval leaves are glossy dark green. This cultivar slowly forms a dense rounded shoulder-high shrub.
Azaleas prefer partial shade and highly organic acid soil that is evenly moist but well-drained. Plant them shallowly and mulch well to conserve moisture...
(Anah Kruschke Rhododendron, Rhododendron)
A hybrid of Rhododendron ponticum, 'Anah Kruschke' is a beautiful rounded evergreen shrub which is densely clothed in large shiny dark green foliage. Masses of deep reddish-purple flowers appear in ball-shaped clusters (trusses) from mid- to late-spring. The funnel-shaped blooms have a burgundy blotch.
Although most rhododendrons prefer partial shade and highly organic acid soil that is evenly moist but well-drained, ‘Anah Kruschkle’ does well in considerable sun. Plant rhododendrons...
(Appleblossom Evergreen Azalea, Evergreen Azalea, Ho-o Evergreen Azalea, Kurume Hybrid Azalea)
Elegant pale pink, white-throated flowers cover this compact upright evergreen azalea in mid-spring. The unscented, broadly funnel-shaped blooms of 'Appleblossom' have deep pink freckles on their upper lobes. The oval leaves are a shiny apple-green.
The Kurume Hybrids result from some 300 years of hybridizing in Japan. Their ancestry likely includes Rhododendron kaempferi, R. kiusianum, and other Japanese species and hybrids. This cultivar is one of the original...
(Apricot Surprise Azalea, Deciduous Azalea)
Rhododendron ‘Apricot Surprise’ is a late season blooming deciduous azalea. It is one of the Lights series developed by the University of Minnesota and is very cold-hardy. Its fragrant, small, abundant flowers are tubular-funnel-shaped and single. The color is brilliant yellow with vivid orange-yellow markings.
These azaleas have upright, rounded and open habits. The leaves are elliptical, olive green and exhibit showy fall color. Clusters of blooms emerge near the ends of the branches....
(Apricot Surprise Azalea, Deciduous Azalea)
Valued for their extreme hardiness and their colorful spring flowers, the Northern Lights Series is a group of hybrid deciduous azaleas developed by the University of Minnesota. The fragrant, apricot-orange, trumpet-shaped flowers of 'Apricot Surprise' appear in dense trusses from mid- to late spring. The petals are somewhat ruffled and curled at their margins. This compact rounded shrub has oval olive-green leaves that turn maroon in fall.
Plant this azalea in full to partial sun in acidic...
(April Rose Rhododendron, Rhododendron)
Valued for its early bloom, its exceptional cold-hardiness, and its handsome evergreen leaves, this hybrid rhododendron bears rounded trusses of luminous double purplish-red flowers in earliest spring. It has relatively small dark green leaves that turn bronzy-purple in fall. This upright chest-high shrub is closely related to the famed PJM Hybrids.
Like most rhododendrons, 'April Rose' prefers highly organic acid soil that is evenly moist but well-drained. It departs from the norm, however,...
(Arctic Glow Azalea, Carolina Azalea)
Valued for its showy early bloom, its cold-hardiness, and its handsome evergreen leaves, this hybrid rhododendron bears rounded trusses of pale purple flowers in earliest spring. The flaring funnel-shape blooms fade to white at their centers. This chest-high shrub has medium-sized elliptic dark green leaves that turn bronzy-purple in fall. It is closely allied to the PJM Hybrids.
Like most rhododendrons, 'Arctic Glow' prefers highly organic acid soil that is evenly moist but well-drained....
(Ardent Beau Azalea, Azalea)
The enormous genus Rhododendron comprises more than a thousand species. They are naturally distributed on every continent except Antarctica, Africa and South America. The highest concentrations of species occur in the temperate and mountainous regions of China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. Grown for their showy flowers, rhododendrons are garden favorites worldwide and have been highly hybridized. There are more than 28,000 registered cultivars.
Plants in this genus are extremely variable...
James H. Schutte
(Arneson Azalea, Arneson Gem Azalea, Deciduous Azalea)
Rhododendron 'Arneson Gem' is a early spring blooming deciduous azalea. Its large flowers are widely funnel-shaped, brilliant yellow in the throat, shading to reddish-orange at margins and red on the outside of the petals. The plants are compact and upright.
The deciduous Arneson azaleas were developed by Ivan and Robertha Arneson of Portland, Oregon in the late 1950s. The complex hybrids were bred with species from the United States and Japan. They are noted for spectacular late winter...
(Aromi Sunrise Azalea, Deciduous Azalea)
Bred in Mobile, Alabama, the Aromi deciduous azaleas result from crosses between Southeast United States natives (primarily Rhododendron austrinum) and hybrid azaleas such as the Exburys. The cultivar 'Aromi Sunrise' bears showy domed clusters of large funnel-shaped peachy-orange flowers with yellow highlights. The sweetly fragrant blooms appear in mid-spring. The upright medium-sized plants have lance-shaped light green leaves.
Aromi azaleas prefer partial shade and highly organic acid...