Klondyke Azalea - Knowledgebase Question

Kent, WA
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Question by pocket314
March 23, 2003
I have a Klondyke Azalea tree that's 3 years old
Each year the leaves turn a brown color and get a moldy white look (never seem to be green)and the blooms are more of a peach color (faded look). It is planted in full sun (the tag said full to partial sun) but, someone said it doesn't like full sun and should be moved.
Should we move it so it only gets morning sun and no hot afternoon & evening sun? or is there something else I should be doing?

Thanks for your help
Wanda :-)

Answer from NGA
March 23, 2003
It doesn't sound as though your Azalea is very happy at all! It would be happier in a location that is shaded during the afternoon. In fact, morning sun and afternoon shade would suit it to a "T". Moving your azalea should take care of the browning foliage and off-color flowers. As for the moldy white look, if the affected leaves also appear swollen or fleshy, you may be dealing with Azalea Leaf Gall. It's a fungal disease, and quite common in the Pacific Northwest. Prune away the infected foliage to stop the spread. Pruning will also open up the plant to better air circulation which will help control fungal diseases. Best wishes with your azalea!

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