Noted for its fragrant, spring blossoms and lovely fall color, Rhododendron schlippenbachii, commonly known as Royal Azalea, is an upright, rounded, deciduous Azalea with four seasons of interest. As the leaves emerge in mid to late spring, abundant clusters of 3 to 6 slightly scented, saucer-shaped pink flowers, up to 3 in. wide (7 cm), appear at the branch tips, adding elegance and beauty to this early midseason Azalea. Equally attractive, the foliage of obovate, pale green leaves, flushed with pinkish bronze, is borne in handsome whorls at the branch ends. In the fall, the leaves turn eye-catching shades of brilliant red, orange and yellow in a stunning display. Even winter brings its charm, when the well-balanced branching structure of this Azalea is fully revealed. Extremely cold hardy and a very reliable performer, this Azalea species reportedly tolerates more neutral soils than most azaleas.
- Grows up to 4-6 ft. tall (120-180 cm) and 3-5 ft. wide (90-150 cm)
- Winner of the Rhododendron of the Year Award of the American Rhododendron Society for the Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes regions.
- A part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in moist, acidic, humusy, well-drained soils. Tolerates a fair amount of sun in cool northern summers. Plant shallowly in a location protected from strong winter winds. Protect from frost to prevent damage to flowers. Mulch annually with leaf mould to retain moisture, control weeds, and cool the soil.
- Perfect for shrub borders or mixed borders, as a flowering hedge or privacy screen, foundation plantings and shade gardens.
- Attracts butterflies, hummingbirds and birds.
- Removing spent flowers promotes new growth.
- Native to Korea, Manchuria and Japan
- All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested