Size at maturity: 6-16' tall, 10' wide
- Canopy layer: large shrub
- Light requirements: full sun
- Moisture requirements: moist soil, requires some supplemental water during summer drought (max 1x every 1-2wks)
- Special features: extremely showy, fragrant flowers
The western azalea is an exceptionally gorgeous shrub - a true centerpiece in any native garden, particularly in April when it explodes into bloom with five to fifteen, sparkling white or pink, flaring trumpet-shaped flowers per branch, which can be delightfully-scented both sweet and spicy. The foliage emerges a bright shiny green; and graduates to golden yellow, though orange and deep scarlet also occur in autumn. It is one of only two species of rhododendron native to the West Coast of North America. Though typically found at higher altitudes, it grows well in Portland gardens (not listed in the Portland Plant List, for all the purists out there).
Photo Credit 1: Nikkie West