Alphabetical Plant Listing

Rhododendron canescens (Mountain Azalea)

Mountain Azalea, Wild Azalea, Honeysuckle Azalea, Piedmont Azalea, Sweet Azalea, Hoary Azalea, Southern Pinxterflower, Azalea candida, Azalea canescens, Azalea canescens var. subglabra, Rhododendron candidum, Rhododendron canescens var. candidum, Rhododendron canescens var. subglabrum


The most common native azalea in the Southeast, Rhododendron canescens (Mountain Azalea) is a large deciduous shrub boasting fragrant, funnel-shaped, pink (rarely white) flowers, up to 2 in. long (5 cm), with protruding pistil and stamens that extend elegantly beyond the petals. Held in small clusters of 5-9 flowers, they bloom profusely in early to late spring and exude a delicate fragrance. The blossoms usually appear before the foliage of elliptic, velvety, dull green leaves. A wonderful landscape plant for the moist to very dry acidic, woodland garden or mixed border, Mountain Azalea looks great planted in masses or used as a specimen.

  • Grows up to 6-8 ft. tall (180-240 cm) and 6-12 ft. wide (180-360 cm). Give this azalea plenty of room, as it tends to form large colonies.
  • part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in moist, acidic, humusy, well-drained soils. 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 bordersshade gardens, water gardens, bog gardens or pond areas.
  • Attracts butterflies, hummingbirds and birds.
  • Removing spent flowers promotes new growth.
  • All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
  • Native to the eastern United States.

Learn How To Plant And Care for Your Azalea or Rhododendron

Azaleas and Rhododendrons are not difficult to grow but have special cultural requirements.Read More

Not sure which Rhododendrons - Azaleas to pick?
Compare All Rhododendrons - Azaleas

Buy Rhododendron canescens (Mountain Azalea)

Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Azaleas - Rhododendrons, Rhododendrons - Azaleas
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 6' – 8' (180cm – 240cm)
Spread 6' – 12' (180cm – 3.6m)
Spacing 72" – 144" (180cm – 360cm)
Water Needs Average, High
Maintenance Low, Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United States, Northeast, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

Buy Plants

Great Plant Combination Ideas with Azaleas - Rhododendrons

Guides with Azaleas - Rhododendrons

Great Plant Combination Ideas with Rhododendrons - Azaleas

Guides with Rhododendrons - Azaleas


Emily Goodwin, Marcum, Shutterstock

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.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Azaleas - Rhododendrons, Rhododendrons - Azaleas
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 6' – 8' (180cm – 240cm)
Spread 6' – 12' (180cm – 3.6m)
Spacing 72" – 144" (180cm – 360cm)
Water Needs Average, High
Maintenance Low, Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United States, Northeast, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

Great Plant Combination Ideas with Azaleas - Rhododendrons

Guides with Azaleas - Rhododendrons

Great Plant Combination Ideas with Rhododendrons - Azaleas

Guides with Rhododendrons - Azaleas

Plant Calculator

How many Rhododendron canescens (Mountain Azalea) do I need for my garden?

%
ft
ft

Your Shopping List

Plant Quantity
Rhododendron canescens (Mountain Azalea)

Find your Hardiness Zone

Find your Climate Zone

Find your Heat Zone

Join Gardenia.net

Create a membership account to save your garden designs and to view them on any device.

Becoming a contributing member of Gardenia is easy and can be done in just a few minutes. If you provide us with your name, email address and the payment of a modest $25 annual membership fee, you will become a full member, enabling you to design and save up to 25 of your garden design ideas.

Join now and start creating your dream garden!

Create a New Collection

Optional. For your reference.


Move Selected Plants to a Different Collection


Delete Collection

This field is required.