What is an azalea look like?

Azaleas usually have smaller, funnel-shaped flowers, while rhododendrons’ larger flowers are more bell-shaped. Although azaleas tend to bloom earlier, both rhododendrons and azaleas typically bloom in the spring, with some varieties blooming into summer and fall in some locations and climates.

What is the difference between rhododendrons and azalea?

Rhododendrons produce large, bell-shaped flowers in clusters whilst azaleas blooms are smaller and either tubular or funnel-shaped. Both mainly flower in spring but with a growing range of summer flowering varieties now on offer, with “encore azaleas” blooming in early spring then again in the summer.

Is an azalea a bush or a tree?

Azaleas are one of the most popular flowering shrubs, with hundreds of varieties that come in a range of forms and sizes. A type of Rhododendron, azaleas bloom primarily in spring, though some cultivars rebloom later in the growing season.

Does azalea need sun or shade?

Azaleas do well in full sun or part shade (about four hours of sun). Planted in full sun, azaleas will be more compact and floriferous. When planted in part shade, they will stretch toward the sunlight and form a more graceful habit; flowers will not be as plentiful but will last longer.

What is special about azaleas?

Azaleas are beautiful plants known as the “Royalty of the Garden” because of their notoriously vibrant and colorful blossoms. The various shades of azaleas include pinks, purples, reds, oranges, whites and more. The number of unique blossoms for each type of azalea varies, as well as the shape of the petals.

Where do azaleas grow best?

Plant them in dense shade and they won’t bloom. A good location is where they receive either dappled sun all day or sun in the morning and light shade in the afternoon. Good places might include spots under trees, or along the north side of your house.