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Rhododendron Chipmunk

Japanese azalea

Evergreen foliage with bright pink flowers in spring

A compact evergreen shrub that is typically wider than it is tall producing masses of bright pink flowers in spring. Slow growing it requires little maintenance.


It will thrive if planted in a shaded or part shaded position in a woodland setting.


It is an acidic loving plant requiring soils, which are acid to neutral (pH 7 or lower). If your soil is too alkaline then consider planting in a container using ericaceous compost. Do not plant too deep and keep well watered while it is establishing.  

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available September - June
Season of interest Spring
Flowering June - July
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 40 cm - 50 cm
Plant width 50 cm - 90 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 50 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Acid, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. If planting in a bed or border test the soil to establish its pH. If the soil is too alkali it is best to grow your plant in a container. In either case prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig ericaceous compost into the base of the hole, if planting in a container use ericaceous compost to fill the pot. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds, Patio container, Courtyard garden

Typically available

From September to June