(Florida Pinxter, Mountain Azalea, Piedmont Azalea, Select Yellow Azalea)
Perfuming the early spring air with fragrant trumpet-shaped flowers, Rhododendron canescens is a favorite shrub of gardeners in its native southeastern United States. Its cultivar 'Select Yellow' has bright butter yellow blooms. The mid-green, slightly hairy, narrowly elliptical leaves break bud as the flowers open. The leaves turn rusty red in fall. This medium-sized to tall shrub spreads slowly via suckering.
Piedmont azalea prefers partial shade and highly organic acid soil that...
JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University
(Florida Pinxter, Mountain Azalea, Piedmont Azalea, Varnadoe's Phlox Pink Azalea)
Perfuming the late winter or early spring air with fragrant trumpet-shaped flowers, Rhododendron canescens is a favorite shrub of gardeners in its native southeastern United States. Its cultivar 'Varnadoe's Phlox Pink' has bright pink blooms. The mid-green, slightly hairy, narrowly elliptical leaves break bud as the flowers open. The leaves turn rusty red in fall. This medium-sized to tall shrub spreads slowly via suckering.
Piedmont azalea prefers partial shade and highly organic...
Delicate, lightly fragrant pink blossoms that fade to white makes the Burmese azalea a delight. Native to the northern highlands of Burma in southeast Asia, it was first collected in 1909 and is today rare if not absent in the wild. This is an upright broadleaf evergreen shrub with open branches.
Its deep green leaves have scales on their underside are the perfect backdrop for the trusses of five-lobed flowers in springtime. Each blossom opens an exquisite blend of rose, pink and white and fade...
(Carolina Azalea, Carolina Rhododendron)
Forming a pictureque, mounding shrub with irregular branching with age, this broadleaf evergreen is native to the southern Appalachian Mountains. Carolina azalea brings delightful tones of pink to the mounding understory of woodlands in mid-spring.
The leathery, oval leaves are glossy dark green with scaly undersides and brown dots. They are aromatic when crushed. They fairly densely cover the plant, masking the gray-brown bark of branches. In mid- to late spring, before the large-leaved rhododendron...
One of the most beautiful shrubs native only to Florida in the American Southeast, Chapman's rhododendron's branch tips bear delicate rosy pink blossoms in springtime. One of the few American rhododendrons with evergreen broadleaf foliage, it grows on woodland slopes around Tallahassee, Florida, where it is endangered. It's growth habit is loose, open and airy.
This shrubs has rather stiff, upright branches that are cinnamon to brown in color. The deep green oval leaves are tough and leathery....
(Mongolian Azalea, Rhododendron)
Even though an upright, rather scraggly shrub, Mongolian azalea is beautiful when the purplish rose flowers appear in very late winter. A semi-deciduous shrub, it is native to birch and larch forests of Mongolia, eastern Siberia, northern China and Japan. This species' excellence cold tolerance finds it used to improve winter hardiness of modern hybrids; it is one parent of the famous hybrid 'PJM'.
The leaves are rounded or elliptical in shape and a pleasant mid-green, blushing purple in winter's...
This is one of the finest azaleas from the American Southeast, lovely in form and vibrant in color when blooming. A rounded, deciduous shrub, Oconee azalea hails from the Piedmont of South Carolina and southern Georgia in woodlands and dry slopes. It is distinguished from the similar Piedmont azalea (Rhododendron canescens) which blooms a bit earlier in spring and has fragrant, white to pink flowers.
As the new light green leaves emerge in spring, or just before, rounded trusses of orange...
This species is a generalized grouping of hybrid azaleas having varying and unknown precise origins among many American native azalea species, including Rhododendron luteum, Rhododendron viscosum, andRhododendron arborescens, among others. Collectively, these deciduous azaleas are called Ghent Hybrids, and some date back into the 18th century when Europeans first started crossing newly found species.
The foliage comprises small tapering ovals that are typically medium...
Just as the green leaves unfurl in mid-spring, the large trusses of the Japanese azaleas set the forest ablaze with tones of orange-red or golden orange. Native to the pine woodlands of Japan, this deciduous shrub demonstrates good tolerance of cold and full exposures, lending it to hybrization for improved modern azalea selections.
Depending on elevation or mildness of winter, the leaves and flower buds swell in early to mid-spring on this upright, vigorous shrub. Each leaf is oval or oblong,...