(Amoenum Azalea, Evergreen Azalea)
Introduced to the West from Japan in 1845, this close relative of the Kurume azaleas bears vivid magenta-purple flowers in mid-spring.
The semi-double blooms are hose-in-hose (with two "stacked" whorls of petals). The small oval semi-evergreen leaves are glossy dark green. This rather slow-growing cultivar can eventually form a large shrub.
As with the Kurume Hybrids, 'Amoenum' has Rhododendron kaempferi, R. kiusianum, and other Japanese species in its ancestry....
(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...
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...
(Balzac Azalea, Deciduous Azalea, Exbury Hybrid Azalea)
A tall-growing Exbury Hybrid azalea, 'Balzac' bears fragrant nasturtium-red, orange-blotched blooms in late spring, before the foliage emerges. The long-tubed flowers flare into a five-lobed star at the their tips. They cluster on upright, open, cold-hardy plants. The dark green, hairy, rust-resistant leaves color nicely in fall.
Developed by Lionel de Rothschild at his Exbury Estate in England, Exbury Hybrids are deciduous azaleas whose ancestry includes the Ghent, Mollis, and Knap Hill hybrids...
(Berryrose Azalea, Deciduous Azalea, Exbury Hybrid Azalea)
Deciduous Azaleas are unlike other Rhododendrons
in that they perform better in sunny locations rather than shade. In general, they produce fragrant flowers predominantly in shades of yellow and oranges, although pinks and mauves are
also available. Nearly equal to the beauty of the
mid-spring blooms, is the intense display of yellow to red foliage in autumn. Flowers appear before foliage.
Exbury strain of Hybrid Azaleas was derived from the Knapp Hill Azalea group, in the first quarter of...
Dense clusters of fragrant rose-pink funnel-shaped flowers adorn this Knap Hill Hybrid azalea in late spring, before the foliage has fully emerged. Each bloom bears an orange blotch on its upper petal. This upright open medium-sized shrub has elliptical leaves that color nicely in fall.
Developed in the late nineteenth and early twentienth centuries at the famed Knap Hill Nursery in England, Knap Hill Hybrids are deciduous azaleas whose ancestry includes the Ghent and Molle hybrids and several...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Blaauw's Pink Azalea, Evergreen Azalea)
One of the hardiest Kurume Hybrid azaleas, ‘Blaauw’s Pink’ blooms heavily early in the season. The flowers are soft salmon pink with dark rose flecks on their upper lobes.
They are hose-in-hose, giving the appearance of two flowers stacked. The small oval leaves are glossy dark green. This dense compact plant slowly forms a rounded waist-high shrub.
The Kurume Hybrids result from some 300 years of hybridizing in Japan. Their ancestry likely includes Rhododendron kaempferi, R....