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Pinkshell Azalea
Rhododendron vaseyi

Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rhododendron (roh-do-DEN-dron) (Info)
Species: vaseyi (VAS-ee-eye) (Info)
Synonym:Biltia vaseyi
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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink


White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring



Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Flowers are fragrant

Patent Information:


Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Marietta, Georgia

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

Roslindale, Massachusetts

, Newfoundland and Labrador

Highlands, North Carolina

Sylva, North Carolina

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 11, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Very showy flowers appear in spring before the leaves. No hybrid azalea is showier. This deciduous azalea has good fall color and good resistance to powdery mildew.

This is an easy and adaptable landscape shrub, one that should be much more widely grown. It's not hard to find in commerce. A 1998 Cary Award winner, designed to promote exceptional plants for New England gardens.

There's a white-flowered cultivar, 'White Find', that's easier to find in commerce than the species.

In New England, the deciduous azaleas are tidier in winter than the evergreen ones.

This performs well in dappled shade.

A rare plant in the wild, wild plants are only found in five counties in western North Carolina, and are threatened by deve... read more


On Sep 1, 2003, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Among the very first Rhododendrons to bloom in the spring, this deciduous native species is fairly rare.