Rhododendron periclymenoides

Pinxterbloom Azalea




  • native to the eastern United States
  • zone 4

Habit and Form

  • a deciduous shrub
  • typically 4' to 6' tall, but can be large
  • rounded to the irregular shape
  • branching is upright and spreading
  • usually multi-stemmed

Summer Foliage

  • deciduous, simple leaves
  • leaves are 1.5" to 4" long and 0.5" to 1.25"
  • leaf shape elliptical to obovate
  • color is bright green
  • leaf arrangement is alternate, but leaves appear whorled at the branch tips

Autumn Foliage

  • dull yellow
  • not ornamentally overwhelming


  • pale pink flowers with 5 lobes
  • bloom time is late May
  • long stamens stick out from the corolla
  • individual flowers are 1" to 1.5" long
  • held in clusters of 5 to 16 flowers
  • lightly fragrant on some plants


  • capsules
  • not ornamentally significant


  • gray-brown
  • not ornamentally significant


  • prefers a woodsy, organic, acidic soil that is moist
  • tolerant of dry, thin rocky soils
  • full sun to part shade
  • avoid harsh, difficult locations

Landscape Use

  • shrub borders
  • naturalistic areas
  • in groupings
  • foundation plant


  • specific site requirements
  • not commonly available for sale

ID Features

  • pale pink flowers
  • long stamens stick out form corolla


  • by cuttings
  • by seed


Darker pink or near white selections exist but have not been names as cultivars.

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Citation and Acknowledgements: University of Connecticut Plant Database, http://hort.uconn.edu/plants, Mark H. Brand, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, Storrs, CT 06269-4067 USA.