Invasive Species Council of British Columbia
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Japanese azalea

Rhododendron kiusianum hybrids

About This Species

Zone 5b

Grow me instead of Daphne (Spurge-Laurel)

Japanese azalea is a compact, dense shrub with glossy, leathery, oval leaves and masses of flowers in early spring. They are available is an enormous range of colors from bright violet, to red, to pink, yellow, orange, and white. This species has shallow roots so requires regular watering and well-drained, slightly acidic soil. This azalea is evergreen, so its glossy green foliage remains attractive all year long.

When selecting non-invasive plants for your garden, be sure to look for those that are suitable for your location, including moisture requirements, hardiness zone, and avoidance of known bear attractants among other factors.

Plant Special Features

  • Fire smart
  • Bear smart
  • Pollinator friendly

Moisture Requirements


Moist but well-drained conditions