SOLVED: Azalea or Magnolia or what???

Pittsburgh, PA(Zone 6b)

This had a tag on it that only said "orange".
The person working at this small nursery told me they thought it was an azalea but now I'm beginning to wonder.
Now in January the buds are 3 times larger than they were in this photo with leaves...and have hints of color that look pink or orange...it is deciduous and now has bare limbs, with smooth bark.
I would like to find out what it is so I know how big it will get and what kind of light it needs.
Any clues would be helpful to me...even a guess.
NOTE- photo with larger bud on bar limbs with hint of color in a comment below cause I can't figure out how to add a photo in an edit.


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Pittsburgh, PA(Zone 6b)

Photo of mystery "orange" Azalea or Magnolia or What with larger buds in January....

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Chennevières, France

I'd say rhododendron (same genus as Azalea).

Lausanne, Switzerland

Looks like azalea to me 😉

Pittsburgh, PA(Zone 6b)

Thanks everyone!

Scott County, KY(Zone 5b)

Yes, that looks like it is probably one of the Northern Lights series. It is in the Rhododendron sp., and is a complex hybrid. Most of deciduous Rhododendron species use the common name Azalea.

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