Answer: It sounds like removing the other shrub should give your azalea a chance to recover nicely. It should begin to fill back in this year and regain a more normal shape. There may have been some root disturbance when you removed the neighboring shrub, so the best things you can do for the azalea this year are to make sure it has a few inches of nice organic mulch and a moist (not soggy) root area if it doesn't rain. You might also give it some granular fertilizer for acid loving plants as indicated in the label instructions. (Do not be tempted to over feed it however -- this would do more harm than good.) If you wish to even it out a bit, prune it lightly immediately after it blooms. In my experience, azaleas recover from this type of situation very nicely.
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