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Rhododendron prinophyllum

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Rose-Shell Azalea

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Few azaleas bring beauty and fragrance to the spring garden like rose-shell azalea. This deciduous, acid-loving shrub is a marvelous plant for use as a specimen or in masses with its extremely fragrant pink, bell-shaped flowers borne in large truss-like clusters. In high, understory shade with well-drained to moist soils, Rhododendron prinophyllum grows to 4-7’ tall with bright green foliage. Roseshell azalea makes an excellent companion for Leucothoe fontanesiana, Polystichum acrostichoides, Stylophorum diphyllum, Phlox divaricata, Kalmia latifolia, and Trillium grandiflorum.

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  • Plant Type
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, partial-shade 
  • Foliage Character
  • Soil Moisture
  • Flowering Period
    late-spring, mid-spring
  • Soil PH
    acidic, adaptable, alkaline 
  • Flower Color
  • Summer Foliage Color
  • Fall Foliage Color
    green, yellow 
  • Fruit/Seed Color