Azaleas (Rhododendron spp.) are perennial shrubs, with both evergreen and deciduous varieties, whose flower season lasts from early spring to early summer. The flowers grow at the tips of the branches, singularly or in a bundle, with five petals in each flower and a thin, long stamen slightly rolling upwards. Azaleas bloom in luxuriant, flourishing clusters.
With many fragrant sub-species, azaleas are eye-catching bloomers crowned with the title “King of shrubs”. Loved by people around the world, azaleas have over ten thousand hybrid varieties to choose from after decades of hybridization selection.
The common commercial varieties of azaleas are in colors like white, magenta, pink, salmon, crimson, and orange. There are also two-toned and remontant varieties. Blossoming azaleas attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and other types of birds, and are tolerant of hare disturbance. Fully bloomed azaleas are popular gifts for Valentine’s Day.