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Azaleas and Rhododendrons with Attractive Fall Colors

Deciduous Azaleas, Evergreen Azaleas, Lepidote Rhododendrons, Elepidote Rhododendrons


Azaleas and Rhododendrons, with their voluptuous flowers, are one of the best-loved sights of spring. But did you know that some of them also enjoy a fabulous second season of interest in the fall when their foliage warms up to brilliant shades of gold, scarlet or burgundy? 

Rhododendrons are usually evergreen and keep their leaves throughout the winter. However Azaleas, which belong to the same genus Rhododendron, are often deciduous and naturally provide the best fall color. These color changes may be richly varied. Depending on the Azalea varieties, they may start with bronze or chartreuse tones before continuing through various shades of gold, orange, scarlet, red and burgundy. Many plants pass through nearly all of these color phases, injecting vibrant sparkles in the fall garden. Please note that the foliage color on Azaleas depends on the amount of moisture in summer, the coolness of late summer and early fall nights. 

To obtain a brilliant fall display, there are many species and hybrids to pick from. The following is a list of Azaleas and Rhododendrons with staggering blossoms, unusual charm in terms of fall color and reliable performance. Most of them have been recognized as proven performers and have received the Rhododendron of the Year Award of the American Rhododendron Society and/or the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society. Some are delightfully fragrant, others are incredibly hardy and can withstand temperatures are low as -25°F (-32°C).

Hopefully this list will be of assistance to those wishing to add glorious fall color to their plantings!

Guide Information

Hardiness 3 - 9
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Azaleas - Rhododendrons, Rhododendrons - Azaleas
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Fall
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden
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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 3 - 9
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Azaleas - Rhododendrons, Rhododendrons - Azaleas
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Fall
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden
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