Smooth Azalea

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.

Scientific Name: Rhododendron arborescens
Bloom Color: Pink, White
Bloom Time: May, June
Butterfly Host: Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio troilus)
Container Size: 3/4 gallon
Cultural Uses: N/A
Fall Foliage: No
Fruit: Dry, brownish capsule containing numerous seeds
Habit: Shrub
Height: 5-8', 8-15'
Light Needs: Part Shade (2-5 hrs. direct sun)
Square Feet Used: 12
Type Of Garden Ecotone: Other
Water Needs: Moist

Price: $15.00

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