Azaleas are eye-catching shrubs that range from just a couple of feet tall to the size of a small tree. They have gorgeous flowers that typically bloom in the spring, although some varieties bloom throughout summer.
Azaleas are a subspecies of the rhododendron family, so azaleas are sometimes referred to as rhododendrons. Some rhododendrons can't be classified as azaleas, so it may get a little confusing if you search them online. Please take note that azaleas are poisonous to people and animals if they're eaten.
We have a list of 25 types of azaleas of different sizes and colors that will look beautiful in your landscape, so keep reading to find varieties that will work well in your garden.
Types of Azaleas
- Autumn Angel Encore
- Autumn Amethyst Encore
- Autumn Fire Encore
- Autumn Lilac Encore
- Bloom-A-Thon Double Pink
- Electric Lights Double Pink
- Girard's Rose
- Golden Torch
- Lemon Lights
- Mollis Hybrid
- Pinkshell Azalea
- Spek's Orange
1. Autumn Angel Encore
Autumn Angel has solid white flowers and dark leaves that are evergreen. It grows up to 3 feet (91 centimeters) and needs partial shade or full sun. Pairing it with other varieties will make an eye-catching landscape.
2. Autumn Amethyst Encore
Autumn Amethyst has small purple flowers, but they cover the entire shrub in April and May, making them a beautiful addition to flower beds in the spring. The shrub is evergreen but may die in the winter if the temperature drops below -20°F (-28°C) for too long.
3. Autumn Fire Encore
Autumn Fire has fiery red flowers that bloom in the spring and remain on the plant until fall. Not many azalea varieties last through all the warm months, so this is a good variety to keep in warmer climates.
4. Autumn Lilac Encore
Autumn Lilac is similar to Autumn Amethyst, but it's a lighter purple color that's slightly pink. It's a small variety that grows flowers that bloom throughout the warm months.
5. Bloom-A-Thon Double Pink
Bloom-A-Thon is bred to have multiple blooms throughout the summer months and grows best in warmer climates. They can tolerate the heat but grow well in the shade, making them a versatile choice for many gardens.
Coast azalea can grow pink, white, or two-toned flowers. It prefers to have a lot of sun and moist soil. If you can't provide it enough water, it will do better with partial shade in the afternoon. The leaves are slightly blue-green, making this a colorful choice to keep around.
Cumberland azalea can be pink, orange, or yellow. When grown in the right conditions, it can reach up to 7 feet (2.1 meters) tall, making it a good choice for a short privacy hedge or the back of a flower bed.
8. Electric Lights Double Pink
The fluffy, light pink blooms are accompanied by bright green leaves on the Electric Lights Double Pink azalea. It likes full sun or partial shade, making it pretty easy to incorporate into most gardens. It's sensitive to extreme cold and heat.
The Fireball azalea has striking red-orange flowers that not only draw your attention but hummingbirds, too. The firey blooms look their best with full sun and moist soil, but they'll survive in partial shade, too.
The yellow-orange pointy petals of the Flame azalea resemble bright flames that will surely draw attention. You can prune this plant to keep it small to line sidewalks, but if left untouched in perfect conditions, it can grow up to 12 feet (3.6 meters).
The Formosa azalea grows best in warm regions since it loves the sun. Its pink petals are accented with darker pink freckles. It would make a beautiful centerpiece in a landscape or a border along a sidewalk.
The Gibraltar azalea is often seen in a beautiful peachy shade of orange, but it's available in warm colors ranging from red to yellow. The shrub grows to a medium size of up to 6 feet (1.8 meters), making it easy to prune and keep short if that's the look you're going for.
13. Girard's Rose
The Girard's Rose azalea variety comes in bright shades of pink. The plant will bloom in April and May. It's a shorter variety that reaches only 2.5 feet (76 centimeters), so it's an excellent choice for a low-laying border.
14. Golden Torch
The Golden Torch azalea are pale yellow with pink undertones. They're a short variety that grows best in warm climates. Their color isn't striking, so they're a more elegant variety to add to your landscape.
Honeysuckle azalea has trumpet-shaped flowers that are bright yellow accompanied by deep green leaves. It attracts hummingbirds, bees, and many other pollinators, so it's an excellent addition to a butterfly garden.
The Karens azalea is a hybrid variety that has deep pink petals and green foliage. The flowers bloom in the spring, and the leaves turn a beautiful reddish-brown color in the fall, making this a colorful option all year long.
The Klondyke azalea has yellow-orange petals and bright green leaves that change color in the fall. This shrub grows up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) tall and prefers moderate climates and plenty of shade.
18. Lemon Lights
Lemon Lights azalea has lemony yellow flowers that bloom in the spring. It's a medium size that makes a great short privacy hedge. It can handle some cold temperatures, but it's better suited for warm climates.
19. Mollis Hybrid
The Mollis hybrid was developed in Holland and Belgium to be cold hardy. They're medium-sized shrubs that have beautiful pink-orange flowers.
20. Pinkshell Azalea
The Pinkshell azalea is an incredibly tall variety that can reach up to 15 feet (4 meters). You can prune it to be a shrub or allow it to grow tall like a tree. The flowers are a soft pink, so they're an elegant addition to the garden.
The Pinxterbloom azalea is another tree-like variety, although shorter than the Pinkshell, measuring as tall as 10 feet (3 meters). The flowers are light pink, and the foliage is bright green.
Rosebay azalea is a cold-hardy variety that can survive in full sun, partial shade, and deep shade. Its hot-pink flowers have a fluffy appearance that will add a bit of whimsy to your landscape.
Royal azalea prefers moderate climates with full sun. The flowers are light pink with hot-pink freckles. The shrub can reach up to 8 feet (2.4 meters), so it will work well as a tall privacy hedge.
24. Spek's Orange
The Spek's Orange azalea comes in gorgeous shades of orange, some looking peach in colors and others with orange on the outside and yellow in the middle. It can withstand some frost.
The swamp azalea comes in pretty peach hues but can also come in solid white. The shrub ranges from 2-8 feet (0.6-2.5 meters), so it can serve various purposes in the garden.