Western azalea : Rhododendron occidentale
WOW look at these vibrant pink blooms which are not only pretty to look at but also delightfully fragrant.
Unlike the rhododendron, the azalea will lose all foliage in the winter. However, after turning reddish in the fall, the leaves can be persistent in mild winters.
Occidentale means western; so Rhododendron occidentale means “western rose-tree.”
It is beautiful in a woodland setting, but can also be grown as a specimen plant in full sun. Preferring moist, open woods and streambanks.
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