General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Very strongly acid (4.5 – 5.0)
Strongly acid (5.1 – 5.5)
Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4b -31.7 °C (-25 °F) to -28.9 °C (-20 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 3-8 feet, to 12 feet
Plant Spread: 3 to 12 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Late fall or early winter
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Spring
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Flood Resistant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Tip
Other: Tissue Culture
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

Common names
  • Pinxterbloom Azalea
  • Pinxterflower
  • Rhododendron
  • Pink Azalea
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Rhododendron periclymenoides
  • Synonym: Azalea nudiflora
  • Synonym: Rhododendron nudiflorum
  • Synonym: Rhododendron nudiflorum var. glandiferum

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  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jan 23, 2018 8:31 PM concerning plant:
    I've seen some wild specimens in the woods and above creeks in some few spots in southeast Pennsylvania. The native range of the Pinxterbloom Azalea (also with a scientific name of Rhododendron nudiflorum) is from southern New England and most of New York down in northern Florida & south Mississippi, with a few spots in Louisiana and southeast Texas. It is sold by some larger, diverse and native plant nurseries and is one of the more common deciduous azaleas planted in landscapes. Even in the East and South the deciduous azaleas which are high quality and expensive plants, they are only occasionally planted, especially around estates or professional landscapes. The east Asian evergreen azaleas with the smaller leaves, that never have yellow or orange flowers, that are bushier, and are cheap are planted a lot in the East and South by everyone.
  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 15, 2012 7:11 AM concerning plant:
    Pinxterbloom occurs naturally along streams and in bogs in light woods. However, it is also well adapted to drier, rocky soils. Mid to late spring flowers are 1&½ to 2 inches wide, borne in trusses of 6 to 12, and appear just before the leaves emerge. The delicate petals curl back exposing long stamens and styles. Flowers range from soft pink to dark pink and are sweetly scented and very beautiful. Growing to about 6 feet tall, it is more densely branched than other deciduous azaleas and spreads by stolons or underground runners. Good for moist areas.

    This plant is frequented by butterflies, especially Swallowtails, Gulf Fritillaries and migrating Monarchs.
Discussion Threads about this plant
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Untitled by connielvillaluna Apr 21, 2015 1:00 AM 1
Question by greene Jan 25, 2018 8:50 PM 18
Looks like a Pinxterbloom Azalea by scvirginia May 7, 2021 12:47 PM 0

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