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Pink-Shell Azalea

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Pink-shell azalea is among the first and most beautiful spring-flowering native azaleas to bloom with masses of light pink bell-shaped flowers on leafless stems. This deciduous, irregular rounded shrub reaches 8-12’ tall and grows best in filtered shade to full sun where soils are well-drained and acidic. In autumn, its foliage is transformed from bright green to an intense display of orange and red, thus igniting the garden with color. It is a splendid border shrub to combine with Rhododendron minus, Pieris floribunda, Kalmia latifolia and Leucothoe fontanesiana or used in masses with Mertensia virginica, Polystichum acrostichoides, Trillium simile and Stylophorum diphyllum.

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  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, full-sun 
  • Foliage Character
  • Soil Moisture
    average, moist 
  • Flowering Period
    early-spring, mid-spring
  • Soil PH
  • Flower Color
  • Summer Foliage Color
  • Fall Foliage Color
    orange, red, yellow 
  • Fruit/Seed Color