|Dense, spreading, evergreen shrub with small, 1 to 2 inch long, elliptic, glossy, dark green leaves. Single, hose-in-hose, funnel-shaped, dark pink flowers, 1 3/4 inches wide. Flowers are borne from early to midsping in profuse, showy trusses of 1 to 3 per cluster, which literally cover the plant.
Best adapted to partial sun. Prune immediately after flowering so you won't cut off any of next year's flower buds. Best if not sheared. Plant as you would any of the other azaleas: high and in well-drained, acidic soil, rich with organic matter. Beautiful planted in generous, solid-colored drifts along edge of woods.
The Pericat azaleas were originally developed as greenhouse forcing plants, but they are as hardy as the Kurume azaleas, to 5 and 10 degrees F. 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.