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Bagpuss57Bagpuss57 Posts: 256
Hi can anyone confirm what this lovely flowering shrub is? My cousin has it in full flower in her garden but wasn't sure if it was a rhodedendron, weigelia or an Azalea? Any ideas to confirm? 


  • not weigelia. 
    Azalia and Rhododendron are the same family but I would say your plant is a Azalia.
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,699
    I agree with Chrissy the gardener, likely to be Azalea, but now classed as Rhododendrons.
  • Bagpuss57Bagpuss57 Posts: 256
    What kind of conditions does it need if I try to get one for my garden? 
  • They do best in acidic soil and dappled shade but I have seen them grow quite happily in full sun. I think you get a better flower colour if in shade.
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,699
    The soil needs to be acidic. They grow best in shade/dapple shade. Plenty of organic matter to keep the soil nice and rich. 
  • Bagpuss57Bagpuss57 Posts: 256
    Great thanks for the advice. Something to consider for my borders in the near future maybe? 
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