Rhododendron occidentale--Smith River strain

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. Round clusters of flaring white blossoms, often with a pink flush and yellow central marking, open in late spring and early summer. Their sweet, heavy fragrance fills the air around them. Sun to part shade, well-drained soil, regular to moderate watering.