Rhododendron periclymenoides - Pinxterbloom Azalea
One of the fragrant secrets of the eastern woodlands, Pinxter bloom will thrill you with its delicious late April bloom that fills the air with a sweet honeysuckle scent. Clusters of 1-1.5" diameter pink to white flowers provide nectar for birds and other pollinators along with cove and nesting.
- Nectar source for loads of butterflies
- Superb, long-lasting spring bloom
- Shade tolerant and easy to grow
- Intoxicating fragrance and great bird cover
- Fall foliage in shades of red, orange, and yellow
Upland sites with rich, fertile soils along with rich, moist woods and moderately moist grassland areas from New Hampshire south to Georgia and west to Alabama and Illinois.
Map Credit: The Biota of North America
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
The spring bloom of the Pinxterbloom Azalea gives the plant its name. Pinxter means Pentecost in Dutch and Pentecost refers to the seventh Sunday after Easter which is generally around the time the plant blooms.
Grows well in average to moist, well-drained soil in partial shade. Prefers acidic, humus-rich soils, but will tolerate more dry, rocky conditions in heavier shade.