Rhododendron periclymenoides - Pinxterbloom Azalea
Slow growing & compact, this dappled shade lover erupts into bloom before its foliage emerges showing off trusses of fragrant, soft pink to white bloom with long, protruding stamens. A great early nectar source, spent flowers produce a seeded capsule birds love. Brilliant fall foliage color!
- Thrives in a high shade, dappled sun woodland
- Fragrant, late April bloom is showy
- Great for grouping in a woodland landscape
- Excellent early spring nectar source
- Native butterflies and hummingbirds love it!
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.