Korean Azalea
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Korean Azalea
ntroduced Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Korean Azalea
Botanical name: Rhododendron yedoense    Family: Ericaceae (Blueberry family)

Korean Azalea is common to the open grassy slopes of Korea and Japan. A low to medium shrub, it is usually evergreen but loses its leaves in colder climates. Its habit is very dense and mounding, with ovate to lance-shaped dark green leaves, 1.5-3 inches long. Fragrant, widely funnel-shaped flowers are borne in trusses of 2 to 4 blooms and are rose pink to light to medium purple. Korean Azalea is cultivated in the cooler regions of India, particularly NE India and North Indian hill stations.

Identification credit: Tabish, Thingnam Girija Photographed in Imphal, Manipur.

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