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Pinxterbloom Azalea | Plant Profile

Pinxterbloom Azalea (Rhododendron periclymenoides) are medium sized deciduous shrubs that are native to the American east coast. They are naturally found in swamps, wetlands, and boggy areas. The flowers grow in clusters of thin, finger-like, pink or white blooms. The flowers can be slightly fragrant and bloom from April to May before the foliage arrives. The green leaves fall away for winter and do not have notable autumn colors.

Pinxterbloom Azalea prefers acidic, fertile, medium moisture, well drained soils in part shade. Pruning is not required, except for the clipping of dead flowers to avoid self seeding and ugly large dead flowers.

Pinxterbloom Azalea can be grouped or planted individually. Align to create a shrub border with large, showy, and fragrant flowers. They perform well in shaded gardens. The fragrant flowers can attract bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other beneficial insects.


Pinxterbloom Azalea Characteristics

Pinxterbloom Azalea are bushy deciduous shrubs with large groups of fragrant flowers. Though they are low maintenance, they must be located in a suitable area with proper care. Some shade is necessary as the leaves may scorch in direct afternoon sun. Sun dappled shade or morning sun with afternoon shade is preferred. While soils should be consistently moist, good drainage is essential, especially in heavy clay. The roots are shallow, so landscaping should not be done at the base of these shrubs. Mulch around the base to help retain consistent soil moisture and to protect the roots from harsh winters.

Pinxterbloom Azalea are susceptible to a multitude of insect or disease blights, though they should rarely be an issue unless improperly cared for. Insecticides and anti-fungals may help. Root rot is common in overly saturated soils. Chlorosis, evident by the yellowing of the leaves, is an indication that the soils has too high of a pH. This should be resolved immediately as chlorosis can be fatal.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones 4 - 9
3.00 - 6.00'
4.00 - 7.00'
Bloom Time
April - May
Full Sun - Part Shade
Deer Resistant?