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imageimageI think these are both the same plant, can anyone help to identify them they have stringy branches really small leaves and are quite brittle (they snap easily).

image Any advice would be much appreciated we have purchased a house with a lovely garden and these 2 bushes are huge and a little out of control I would like to learn about them and how to get the most out of them. Thanks 


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,687

    They look like azaleas to me.

  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 6,649

    I think the blue one might be a rhododendron - bigger leaves

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  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 Posts: 5,150

    Yes, agree with fidget azaleas.  Interested to see any pruning advice from the experts. Mine are getting a bit tatty image

  • fidgetbones says:

    They look like azaleas to me.

    See original post

     I think you may be right, thank you so much. 

  • They are both beautiful flowers 

  • The leaves are really quite small on both, they branches are very stringy but that may of course be because try have been neglected. 

  • Looking online I'm not sure they are rhododendron comparing the pics online. 

  • PeggyTXPeggyTX Posts: 556

    They both look like very well-established but seriously neglected Azaleas to me.  They look like they haven't been pruned ever.  

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  • I think you may be right i am looking for advice so I can prune them and get the best out of them.! 

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,138

    Rhododendrons and azaleas are in the same family as far as cultivation, feeding, pruning etc are concerned.   The RHS offers this comprehensive advice with links to more info should you need it -

    Generally speaking you only need to prune them to remove dead or broken wood and then dead head after flowering.   If you need to rpune them to restrict size or renew vigour, there's a link on the RHS page.

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