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PlantFiles: Azalea
Rhododendron 'Elsie Lee'

Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rhododendron (roh-do-DEN-dron) (Info)
Cultivar: Elsie Lee
Hybridized by Shammerello

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Gracye On Jun 23, 2012, Gracye from Warrenton, VA wrote:

Bought three this Spring. Leggy, thinly-leafed, not a defined shape. Planted them, and a month later, they did not have much to show still with the leaves and shape, but, they transformed INTO BALLERINAS! The blooms were fluffy, full, and plenty!
I want a "retro" look for my 1050's cottage and these just fit the bill perfectly. I heard that Kurume Azaleas were once Builder's Standards, and that makes a ton of sense. I have the Kurume "Snow" on the other side of the patio, and WOW! Much nicer shape and leaves, single white flowers that arrive earlier than Elsie Lee's, but the two just can't be beat. Keep those fancy, temperamental varieties - the old standards are fine for me!

Positive LeeAnne151 On Mar 20, 2007, LeeAnne151 from Portland, OR wrote:

I love the double blooms, have grown this Azalea for many years. The color is lavender, not pink as it says on the description. They open fuller and drop cleaner than Rosebud Azaleas. The older foliage does turn red and drop in the fall but it is only about a third of the plant for me, the rest stays evergreen.

Positive mickgene On Jun 9, 2005, mickgene from Linden, VA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Although it is not evergreen in my garden, it bounces back every year and covers itself with blossoms.

Positive Todd_Boland On Mar 1, 2004, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

The large double flowers of this evergreen azalea give it the appearance of a florist's azalea. Older leaves turn yellow-orange in the fall.


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

Bentonville, Arkansas
Dacula, Georgia
Taylorsville, Kentucky
Saint Clair Shores, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan
Whiting, New Jersey
Cincinnati, Ohio
Delaware, Ohio
Gresham, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
Wilsonville, Oregon
Alice, Texas
Linden, Virginia
Mechanicsville, Virginia
Warrenton, Virginia
Battle Ground, Washington

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