Rhododendron occidentale 'SM189'

Common Name:
Western azalea
Plant Type:
Deciduous shrub
Ericaceae (The Heath Family)
Geographic Origin:
California Native?:
Plant Size:
6 feet or more high
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Mixed plantings
Flowering Season:
Spring and summer
Flower Color:
Sun or light shade
Well-drained soil
Suggested Irrigation:
Regular to moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 0 degrees F. or less
Western azalea is a twiggy shrub of 6 foot or more, with greater spread, often making dense thickets. The 3-4 inch deep green leaves are rather narrow, deeply veined and flushed purple in new growth. 'SM189' is one of the Stagecoach Hill selections made by Professor Mossman. It has large, ruffled blossoms, white overall but generously shaded with pink and orange. They have a sweet, heavy fragrance which fills the air around them. Sun to part shade, well-drained soil, regular to moderate watering.