* Flowers pink, white (roseum, nudiflorum), or orange (calendulaceum),
base of petals forming a
* Stamens protrude from flowers.
* Leaves evergreen, narrow or wide. Undersides of leaves ofRoseum and calendulaceum are
* Height: To 10'.
* Flowers in May or June.
* Habitat: Rocky slopes and woods.
* Range: Northeastern United States.
* Native to Japan.
* Azaleas are native to Japan, and their graceful, distinctive blossoms
and petals have been depicted by Japanese artists for centuries.
* The common name for Rhododendron nudiflorum is Pink
Azalea. In New Hampshire, it was also called 'Election Pink,'
because "in bloom at the old-time election, when the governor
took his seat in June."
-Sylvanus Hayward, 1891
* Massachusetts residents called nudiflorum'Swamp-Apple,'
because of an edible fungus that grows on the plant.
* The three photos at the right show some of the varieties of
azaleas found on Wellesley's campus.