The Q&A Archives: Believe It Is A Azalea????

Question: I have a low (no more than 16 inches) shrub that I would like to match in my garden. I think it is an azalea however I am not sure because I have not seen this type before in garden shops. Instead if it being tall and bushy it is low to the ground and willowly. It has larger flowers and the flowers are not compact. Could you please help me? I have asking a ton of landscapers and all they tell me to do is to rip it out. I really like it.

Answer: Unfortunately, based on your description it is a bit difficult to guess as to the indentity of the plant. There are many types of azaleas and rhododendrons. There are low growing and spreading varieties of azalea, so it may be one of those. It might also be the remnant of some larger variety of rhododendron, perhaps a plant that had suffered some top damage so that only the lowest branches remain. This could account for a different shape with a similar but larger flower. You might consult with your county extension (696-3500) to see if they can identify it for you -- and since you like it, maybe once you know what it is you can propagate it so you can have more. I'm sorry I can't be more helpful.

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