|R. schlippenbachii, the Royal Azalea, is a dense deciduous shrub which bears its 1- to 4 1/2-inch leaves in whorls of five at the tips of the branches. Flowers are flat or saucer-shaped, pink or white, with dark pink spots; they apprear in trusses of 3 to 6 blooms in early to mid spring. Fall color is particularly remarkable.
The deciduous hybrid azalea is known for excellent fall color and unsurpassed spring flowers. The deciduous azalea is usually less picky about soil conditions, though it too prefers acid conditions. Though azaleas have a potentially large list of possible pest and disease problems, they are usually trouble free if planted correctly in proper cultural conditions.