Pinkshell azalea

Rhododendron vaseyi

Photo/Illustration: 
J. Paul Moore
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Pinkshell azalea (Rhododendron vaseyi)
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Genus:  Rhododendron
This deciduous azalea bears trusses of 4 to 8 broadly funnel-shaped, unscented clear pink flowers in early mid-season. Blooms appear before the leaves emerge. Shiny, dark green leaves are paler green beneath.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Native to a few areas above 3,000 feet in the southern Blue Ridge Mountains. Attracts butterflies.
Care:  Grow in moist, fertile, humus-rich acidic soil (pH 4.5 to 5.5) in full shade in the South, part to full sun in the North. Plant shallow, as plants are surface rooted and like a mulch covering.
Propagation:  Root semi-ripe cuttings in late summer or autumn. Layer in autumn.
Problems:  Vine weevil, whitefly, leafhoppers, lacebugs, scale, caterpillars, aphids. Powdery mildew, rust, bud blast, leaf gall, petal blight, root rot, and chlorosis (due to insufficient soil acid).

Overview

Height
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Spread
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Native,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Spring
Flower Color
Pink Yarrow,
White
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Shrubs

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