Rhododendron bakeri (Cumberland Azalea) is a deciduous flowering shrub native to the southeastern United States. It belongs to the Ericaceae family, which includes various rhododendron and azalea species.
Cumberland Azalea typically grows to a height of 4 to 6 feet (1.2 to 1.8 meters) and has a compact, rounded form. It has dark green foliage that turns bronze or reddish-purple in the fall, adding seasonal interest to the landscape.
The flowers of Cumberland Azalea are a highlight of this species. They appear in late spring or early summer and are often fragrant. The blooms are typically tubular in shape and can vary in color, ranging from shades of pink to lavender or violet. The flowers attract pollinators like bees and butterflies, enhancing the garden's biodiversity.
This azalea species prefers acidic soil that is well-drained and rich in organic matter. It thrives in partial shade or filtered sunlight, though it can tolerate some morning or late afternoon sun. Regular watering, especially during dry periods, is important to keep the soil evenly moist.
Cumberland Azalea is commonly used in woodland gardens, shade gardens, or as part of mixed shrub borders. It pairs well with other acid-loving plants and creates a beautiful display when planted in mass or grouped with other spring-blooming shrubs.
Botanical Name : Rhododendron bakeri
Common Name : Cumberland Azalea
Height : 3-7 ft
Spread : 1-2ft
Germination Info : Sow under glass .....
Hardiness zone : 5-7
Average seed per ounce : Approx. 1,000,000