Form is rounded and the foliage is leathery and dark green until fall when it turns almost purplish. Often you see rhododendrons described as shade-loving shrubs, but the ideal situation for most of them is partial shade. Royal azalea, or Azalea schlippenbachii, is a shade-loving deciduous shrub. [Return to Top], 'Snowlady' is a hybrid rhododendron that grows to a height of only 30 inches. She has an Associate of Applied Science in landscape technology and landscape design from Portland Community College. Foliage is dark green and leathery, with oval leaves, lending a course texture to the landscape. It prefers a cool position and doesn’t love full shade, but will be perfectly happy in part-shade. It grows to a height of 2' and width of 18" to 24". Royal azalea, or Azalea schlippenbachii, is a shade-loving deciduous shrub. hybrid rhododendrons. It wants bright shade or dappled sunlight, but by no means deep shade. Its pink star-shaped flowers bloom in loose clusters in mid-spring and have a delicate fragrance. This group of azaleas range in hardiness from USDA zones 4 to 6. Often you see rhododendrons described as shade-loving shrubs, but the ideal situation for most of them is partial shade. Of course, hardiness tops the list. In general, most Azaleas will grow very well if they receive four hours or more of bright sun per day. It produces an abundance of snowy white flowers and has fuzzy green leaves. Included are two lavender-pink varieties – Camellia's Blush and Lavender Girl – and two yellow varieties – My Mary and Lisa's Gold. 'Bow Bells' is a perfect mound of pink. It’s best avoided for fully shaded areas. Some rhododendrons are more adaptable to shade during any season. In fact, all of them need some sun to produce the most profuse flowers, but some need more sun than others. A site with filtered light is best for ´Bow Bells´. This hybrid exhibits some outstanding characteristics. As you might expect, the flowers are white, in perfect rounded trusses, and geometrically proportioned to the leaves. Ramapo is a common azalea or dwarf rhododendron often seen planted in masses. The best rhododendrons for shade are: 'Boule de Neige' means "Ball of Snow" in French. One of the reasons the 'P.J.M.' Because they do not develop seeds, the energy goes directly toward producing flowers. The large trusses of pink flowers are welcome in January. Some rhododendrons are more adaptable to shade during any season. Plan the perfect garden with our interactive tool →, red-white azalea image by Tetyana Kholodna from, The Master Gardeners: Caring for Rhododendrons, Henning's Rhododendrons & Azaleas: Shade Tolerant Rhododendrons, Great Plant Picks: Rhododendron 'Christmas Cheer', Oregon State University: Landscape Plants: Rhododendron 'Snow Lady'. From the group of Marjatta hybrids developed at the University of Helsinki, Finland. 'P.J.M.' Do not fertilize at the time of planting, as this might injure the roots, but water deeply. The petals are much sturdier than most white flowering shrubs, so they hold up well to spring rain. A vigorous plant that has good foliage and will grow in more difficult areas. Jane gives tips for getting the best from these showy plants ... yellows, reds - all sorts. These rhododendron varieties are cold hardy to U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zone 7. Plant care: After it flowers in spring, mulch and feed it with an acid feed and keep it … [Return to Top], Rhododendron catawbiense, the Catawba Rhododendron, is an evergreen shrub that grows to a height of 6 or 10 feet tall and a width of 5 to 8 feet. It grows approximately 2 feet tall and 4 feet wide. Plant winter-blooming shrubs near trees or structures that provide a windbreak. Copyright Leaf Group Ltd. // Leaf Group Lifestyle. Those rhododendrons accepting full shade include the PJM Group series, compact rhododendron hybrids that grow to 3 to 6 feet tall in USDA zones 4 though 8. [Return to Top]. The combination frequently results in fungus which attacks new plant growth and eats away at the plant branch by branch. group is such a heavy flowerer is that the plant does not set seed. The habit is dome shaped. They were first discovered by a Flemish botanist, Charles l’Ecluse. "Maid in the Shade" deciduous azaleas is a collection of deciduous azaleas compiled by Transplant Nursery selected to do well in shadier locations. As the season progresses, the mound becomes a superb jade green with rose-red bud scales for another show of color. The habit is dome shaped. If you have full shade, seek out suitable varieties known to perform well in these conditions. Some bloom poorly without sunlight each day. They include the following: 'Ramapo' is a good dwarf rhododendron. Many varieties need shade to prevent lace bug infestations since the natural enemies of lace bugs are not active in sunny areas. While growth at 10 years is 3', it will become a larger plant, so give it enough space. [Return to Top], Rhododendron kuisianum, the Kyushu azalea, is a low-growing Japanese species, only 18 inches high. Henry's Red is the color its name implies. In mid-spring it is covered with 3-inch clusters of rose-pink flowers. A very low growing rhododendron cultivar. It bears clusters of 2-inch clove-scented yellow to red-orange flowers in early summer, when most other azalea species have finished blooming. Marci Degman has been a landscape designer and horticulture writer since 1997. The species and hybrids listed here bloom especially well in the minimal sun and bright light of open to medium shade, and two of them, 'Snowlady' and the royal azalea, will even bloom in deep shade. [Return to Top], Rhododendron schlippenbachii, the royal azalea, is a deciduous species, also of Japanese origin. Rhododendrons and azaleas, which are among the most popular flowering plants for shade, are commonly thought to be, as a group, amenable to low-light conditions. 'Boule de Neige' means “Ball of Snow” in French. It is under 3 feet tall, so it can be placed near buildings or walkways where is can be enjoyed in winter. Flowers range in color from lilac to rose with green or brown markings in the throat. This page was created in Adobe GoLive and BBEdit by, Index for Henning's Rhododendron & Azalea Pages. These winter bloomers naturally require less light to bloom. It grows well in shade. An added benefit is their fragrant pink blossoms. Despite their physical differences, rhododendrons and azaleas belong to the same genus and require the same growing conditions. Does best with partial shade. Another nearly identical pink winter rhododendron is Rosamundi. It is generally dense under ideal conditions, but becomes more open in dense shade. The true red flowers have even deeper red eyes that appear almost black. The leaves are 3 inches long and drop in the fall. More than 50 varieties of rhododendrons bloom between January and March. [Return to Top], 'Elviira' rhododendron is very hardy.