A tall, multi-stemmed, loosely branched, spreading shrub with dark green deciduous leaves and showy clusters of flowers. The flowers are about 1" across, trumpet shaped, and have white to pinkish petals with elongated red stamens that extend well beyond the petals. The blooms are borne in radial clusters and have a sweet fragrance reminiscent of vanilla, cinnamon or heliotrope depending on who describes it. Flowers are followed by a brown seed capsule. This plant hybridizes readily with other azalea species. This plant is drought sensitive and needs consistently moist soil.
Rhododendron species thrive in moist, well-drained, acidic soil. Soil testing and amending the planting site in order to achieve the correct soil pH is recommended. A thick layer of pine bark mulch applied to and around the site before planting will help retain moisture and acidify the soil if needed. Contact your local Cooperative Extension Office for soil testing. http://extension.uga.edu/