Monday, June 4, 2012


USDA hardiness zones 5-9

This azalea bush grows in sandy soil in Lansing, New York with a southwest exposure.  Sitting in the sunroom you can look out the window to see a multitude of tiny dark pink flowers.  This azalea bloomed in May and continued to have showy flowers into June.  

Azaleas are generally slow-growing and do best in well-drained acidic soil.  They are shade tolerant and they prefer living near or under trees.

In Chinese culture, the azalea is known as "thinking of home bush" (siangish shu).