The Beauty of Azaleas
If you are looking for a beautiful addition to your garden that is full of life and color, the Azalea family is the way to go. With bright and vibrant color these flowering shrubs turn the outside of your home into a masterpiece.
There are various types of Azaleas, so it won’t be hard to find the flowering shrub that is right for you. The most common types are Evergreen Azaleas, Deciduous Azaleas, and Rhododendron Azaleas. Evergreen Azaleas grow to their mature height at around 2-3 inches in length with leaves that are small in size. Deciduous Azaleas grow to be around the same length as the Evergreens, but instead of smaller leaves the Deciduous Azaleas have larger leaves that shed in the winter time.
Rhododendron Azaleas are beautiful and unique looking flowering shrubs that bloom in all areas of the world. In the Northern hemisphere, they bloom in the spring, and in the Southern hemisphere, they bloom in the fall. The flowers on these captivating shrubs usually last for several weeks. Rhododendron Azaleas are shade tolerant, and these shrubs prefer to live near trees. These flowering shrubs vary in size from a small shrub to an occasional large tree.
Rhododendron Calendulaceum also known as the Flame Azalea is a type of Rhododendron located mainly in the Appalachian Mountains in eastern America. These shrubs can grow anywhere from New York all the way to Georgia. The Flame Azalea at mature height grows to be 120-450 centimeters in height. The length of the leaves grow to be 3-7 centimeters long, and are a slightly dull green in color. As for the flowers that the Flame Azalea produces, at mature length they grow to be 4-5 centimeters long.
Colors Of Rhododendron Shrubs
The colors of these magnificent flowers are most commonly a bright orange color, but they can also be found in white, peach, orange, yellow, or red. Rhododendron Calendulaceum typically bloom in April and May in mid-elevation areas, but these shrubs don’t bloom until June or July in the mountains.
Rhododendron ‘Kobai’ Azaleas are beautiful shrubs that everyone can enjoy. These white and pink flowered shrubs produce evergreen foliage and turn green in the fall. These shrubs require part shade and part sun which makes them very versatile. They are generally easy to care for and don’t require any hard labored treatment to produce their beautiful white and pink flowers. The water amount for these flowering shrubs is average, as is the growth rate. These flowering shrubs primarily grow in time zones 7-9 and require soil that drains well.
When it comes time to choosing your next flowering shrub to really “wow” your neighbors, be sure to pick from the wide variety of magnificent Azaleas that are offered.