Azaleas Japonica are small evergreen garden shrub that are members of the Rhododendron family. Their beautiful spring bloom makes them very popular. They are acid loving plants and grow best in light shade. They prefer a moist, well drained soil with a pH of 5.5. Using pine needles (acidic pH) as mulch works to help keep the soil moist, and maintain/add acidity to the soil. Roots are
They can be harmed or killed by sustained winds and do not like intense sunlight so protection form the strong midday sun helps them to thrive. As such they are a great lower story plant to add beautiful spring colour under larger trees and shrubs. Northern exposures are best. A low lying area, or one protected by a building or a hedgerow is a good choice.
shallow, so mulching will help to keep the weeds down, without disturbing the root system.