R. calendulaceum is a deciduous azalea from the East Coast of the United States worthy of growing on the West Coast. Its flowers range from red to orange to yellow but are always vibrant. Our plants are grown from seed collected by some of the best East Coast connoisseurs of the native azaleas of the Eastern US. It made its way back to Europe by 1750 because the early immigrants to the Colonies thought it might be of value to the nursery trade. They were right.
R. calendulaceum may reach five to six feet in ten years. It enjoys the sun and gives good fall color. Enjoy it growing along the Blue Ridge parkway or in your own garden. Unlike many East Coast azaleas, it does not seem to hybridize readily with its kinfolk.