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Pinkshell azalea

Rhododendron vaseyi

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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 CharacteristicsNative to a few areas above 3,000 feet in the southern Blue Ridge Mountains. Attracts butterflies.

CareGrow 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.

PropagationRoot semi-ripe cuttings in late summer or autumn. Layer in autumn.

ProblemsVine 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).

  • Genus : Rhododendron
  • Plant Height : 10 to 15 feet
  • Plant Width : 10 to 15 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Flower Color : Pink, White
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Bloom Time : Spring
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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