Rhododendron ‘Snowbird’

deciduous azalea

Outstanding Qualities

Rhododendron 'Snowbird' is an easy to grow deciduous azalea with very fragrant flowers. The delicate pink flushed white flowers are borne in profusion and begin to open in late April releasing a sweet fragrance that carries to the surrounding areas. The smaller stature and blue-green foliage adds to its landscape interest. This azalea will develop beautiful orange fall color with red and yellow tones an is very resistant to powdery mildew. A great shrub for the perennial garden mixed with Hosta 'June', Iris foetidissima 'Variegata', or Lathyrus vernus.

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: cream, silver, gold

Great Color Partners: bronze, dark green, chartreuse

Culture Notes

This deciduous azalea is easy to grow in the Pacific Northwest. Plant it in a rich moist to well-drained location with sand or clay. Provide full sun to light or open shade for the best flowering and fall color. Azaleas are shallow-rooted plants requiring regular watering during dry weather. This azalea will tolerate standing water for short periods of time. Faded flowers often drop off or are quickly covered by new growth. Almost no pruning is needed to keep azaleas looking good. Adult root weevils can chew on their leaves, but this is less of a problem on plants that receive more light and regular watering.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 8

Flower Color: cream

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade

Water Requirements: regular watering