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Decidous Azalea

Rhododendron occidentale

Also known as

Western Azalea, California Azalea, Sonoma Azalea, White-Laurel

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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Decidous Azalea Overview

Rhododendrons are plants of great beauty and one of the most attractive and often aromatic. Rhododendron occidentale is a slow growing shrub, that grows mainly in temperate climates and loves acidic soils. It is a very showy and fragrant large shrub to small tree, fit to use in the back in large flower beds.

Common problems with Decidous Azalea

Although usually found in wetlands, like other rhododendrons, it does not grow with its roots submerged in water, this will lead to root rot problems.

Decidous Azalea Companion Plants

Select companion plants that do not compete for moisture, unless you live in a high rainfall area.

How to harvest Decidous Azalea

Cuttings should be taken in spring, from new growth.

How to propagate Decidous Azalea


Difficult to grow seed outside the Pacific Northwest and California. Seed is rarely a practical method, but rather cuttings are made.


The cutting environment should be humid. Softwood cuttings are taken from the new growth. Dip in rooting hormone and keep moist.


Often best way in a garden; lay a low growing branch on the ground and put a rock over to keep it still until rooted. Cut off and replant.

Special features of Decidous Azalea

Wet sites

This shrub is tolerant of wet soils and can be found in wetlands and along creeks in its native environment.

Autumn colour

During fall, leaves will turn yellow, scarlet or crimson.

Attractive flowers

Flowers may have creamy-white or pink flowers, with a golden blotch. Pretty bundles of flowers are often fragrant, with 6 to 12 funnel-shaped flowers per stem.

Other uses of Decidous Azalea

Grown mainly for the beauty of the flowers. Ground cover & interesting leaves. Suitable for northern and eastern aspects.


Grown for their beautiful showy flowers.