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Rhododendrons and Azaleas in Bloom

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General Rhododendron Care

Rhododendrons and azaleas are a must-have for many gardens in the Pacific Northwest. Here are a few basic guidelines to care for these plants.

  • All azaleas are Rhododendrons, but not all Rhododendrons are azaleas. The term Rhododendron with a capital R refers to the genus to which rhododendrons and azaleas plants belong. Evergreen azaleas and deciduous azaleas account for two of the eight sub-categories in the Rhododendron genus.
  • Buy rhododendrons anytime you can find them, which is usually in the spring. Availability is never guaranteed, so it is wise to seize the opportunity to purchase the plant you are looking for.
  • Rhododendrons purchased in a pot can be planted on any day that the ground isn't frozen or sopping wet.
  • Do not let a rhododendron dry out in the first three years after planting. Water regularly and allow water to reach one foot into the soil. As a baseline, allow a soaker hose or drip line (not a sprinkler!) to run for two hours, then turn it off and wait for one hour. After waiting an hour, dig down one foot near the plant (avoid digging into the root ball) and measure to see how deep the water penetrated. If the soil is dry six inches down, continue watering and checking until the entire foot is moist.

Some of our favorite rhododendrons and azaleas:

Please keep in mind that availability is seasonal and ever-changing. Please call ahead to confirm that we have particular cultivars in stock.

Rhododendron 'Christmas Cheer'

Blooming unrivaled in February and early March, Christmas Cheer showcases white funnel-shaped flowers tinted with pink. It has a mounding, dense growth habit, growing up to six feet tall and wide. Prefers full sun to light shade.

Azalea 'Karen'

This Gable Hybrid is well-known as a symbol of spring due to its showy purple blooms in April and May. It's often used in Asian/Zen and Cottage gardens and thrives in acidic soils. It was introduced to the United States in the 1890's by Arnold Arboretum.

Rhododendron 'Grace Seabrook'

This Seabrook hybrid produces vivid red funnel-shaped flowers about three inches across.  Early-mid spring blooms come in tight trusses of up to 12 flowers. Grace Seabrook is a hybrid of The Honourable Jean Marie de Montague and strigillosum.

Rhododendron 'Curlew'

This compact rhododendron reaches just two feet in 10 years, making it a must-have for those gardening in tight-quarters. Early-mid season blooms are creamy yellow with some crimson spotting in trusses of up to three flowers. Works well for low borders.

Azalea 'Silver Sword'

Red, funnel-shaped flowers emerge from variegated foliage on this compact evergreen azalea. With its low, mounding habit, Silver Sword is great for borders, containers and Japanese gardens. Typically blooms in late March and April.

Rhododendron ponticum 'Variegatum'

Variegatum has long and narrow green leaves with creamy yellow edges. Lavender purple flowers emerge in trusses in late May or early June. Growing up to five feet per decade, this is a tough, reliable rhododendron that brightens up dark, shady garden corners.

Azalea 'Girard's Purple'

Light green spring foliage emerges from dark green leaves (pictured left). Rich purple blooms of trumpet-shaped flowers follow in April. Girard's Purple has an upright spreading growth habit and reaches about three feet tall and wide in maturity. It is often used as an accent and for mass planting.

Rhododendron rubiginosum

Native to China and Burma, this species rhododendron has narrow elliptic foliage and bell-shaped pink to purple flowers in clusters of four to eight. Rubiginosum refers to some cultivars having rusty-reddish scales. Bloom in March and early April.

19 thoughts on “Rhododendrons & Azaleas

  1. Reply
    James Posporelis - May 15, 2019

    Can I purchase a hybrid rhododendron max height no more than 24” from your nursery and do you ship to upstate New York

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      Sam Wigness - May 15, 2019

      Hi James, thanks for your question. Unfortunately, we only have the means to deliver plants to the Seattle area. We’d love to have you visit if you are ever in the Pacific Northwest!

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    Joan - September 4, 2019

    Looking specifically for “yellow eyes” rhododendron. Can you provide?

    1. Reply
      Sam Wigness - September 14, 2019

      Thanks Joan! Sorry we were unable to find this plant for you.

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    Kelly Scott - October 10, 2019

    Is it possible to grow a rhododendron from another established rhododendron and if so, how would I do that?

    1. Reply
      Kim Anderson - October 15, 2019

      Kelly:

      It is possible to take a cutting of most rhododendron hybrids or species.
      To learn how, use the following link to the Rhodo Society:
      https://www.rhododendron.org/propagation.htm

      Good Luck
      Jim

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    Neil Oldenburg - February 27, 2020

    Do you have any satsuki azaleas which I can train into bonsai? I’m not looking for fully shaped specimens.

    1. Reply
      Kim Anderson - March 2, 2020

      Please view our azalea list as it shows the types we are planning to receive. The one gallon options would be a good option. Also, Azaleas.org can be a great resource to determine if the varieties we carry will meet your needs.

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    Christine Krause - March 28, 2020

    I’m interested in western azalea hybrids, of which Irene Koester (sp?), I believe, is one. Do you have others? If so, I’ve noticed a tendancy towards powdery mildew on the Irene Koesters planted at my local library…do all the western azalea hybrids have this tendency?

    Thank you,

    1. Reply
      Kim Anderson - March 31, 2020

      Christine,
      We don’t have any Western Hybrids this year. The main wholesale grower of them has retired. You may find some of these hybrid azaleas through mail order.

      After talking with our expert, there doesn’t seem to be a hard and fast rule about Western Hybrids being immune. However, there are other hybrids such as ‘Fragrant Star’ and its parent ‘Snowbird’ that are resistant. Rhododendron luteum/ponticum and its forms are also resistant. Some Weston hybrids are said to be resistant only after they are established, which is often the case with deciduous azaleas much as it is with roses: a healthy plant can fend off many things.

      Best,
      Wells Medina Nursery Staff

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    Dick or Karol Cahan - April 26, 2020

    I would like to purchase a “Seaview Sunset ” Rhody.

    Please call Dick or Karol Cahan at 425-455-0631.

    1. Reply
      Kim Anderson - April 29, 2020

      Karol,
      Nice to meet you at the nursery today. So happy you took home one of these little beauties. Thanks to you, I have a new favorite!
      Best,
      Kim

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    MAK and Alan Mitchell - April 27, 2020

    Hello– In 2017 (June 3) we bought 6 rhododendrons for $313.50. We bought them from a blond haired woman who seemed knowledgeable. We planted them as directed and set up a careful watering system looking forward to the spring of 2018 when they were supposed to bloom. They became dark green and bushy with big buds in the spring, but the buds opened without any red blooms. We called your nursery and spoke to a man who told us to make sure the roots were shallow and not overloaded with bark, and make sure they were watered. We checked the soil and found it to be low in nitrogen, so we added organic nitrogen that summer and fall. Spring of 20198 arrived and same this happened. We called and spoke to the same older male and he said to give it one more year and then call back. We added a bit more organic nitrogen. Here we are in spring of 2020 and same lack of blooms, although very healthy green leaves and impressive, large buds. We need a solution that gets them to bloom or replaces them.

    If you send me an e-mail address I can send you pictures. We are willing to drive over to your nursery with samples of a branch or two so you can see the odd way it blooms. Thanks for any advice. Please help us resolve this.

    1. Reply
      Kim Anderson - April 29, 2020

      Mak and Alan,
      I will email you in order for you to have the email address to which you can send pictures. Thanks for your reaching out for assistance.
      Best,
      Kim

    2. Reply
      Kim Anderson - May 1, 2020

      Mak and Alan,

      We had problems with your email address. Please call the store at 425-454-1853 and a staff member can connect you with Jim, our specialist.

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    Maria Brighenti - May 22, 2020

    Do you have a “Pink Icicle Camelia”?

    1. Reply
      Kim Anderson - May 26, 2020

      Maria,
      I love the beautiful Peony-like flowers of the ‘Pink Icicle’ Camellia. Unfortunately, we do not have any stock of this beautiful plant at this time. Check back with us in a month as we hope to have some in stock.
      Best,
      Kim

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    Megan Atkinson - May 26, 2020

    I’m looking for some Rhododendrons that have leaves that are more rounded or oval in shape, rather than the typical long, narrow leaves — could you please share the name of some Rhododendrons that you carry with more rounded leaves?  That would be very helpful, thank you!

    1. Reply
      Kim Anderson - May 26, 2020

      Megan,

      ‘Seatac’ and other types of Rhododendrons would fit your request. Look at pictures of William Sainum types of Rhododendrons and see what you think. You can check our inventory on our website under the category “Rhododendron” or call us for availability.
      Best,
      Kim

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