Here is a deciduous azalea from the Eastern U.S. and Canada. The seed for our version of this plant was collected in Maine. It has strap like flower petals either deep rosy purple or white against bluish, green leaves which turn color (to purple or yellow) in the fall. So far, our plants have bloomed purple.
Ultimate height – 3 1/2 feet!
Plant in well-aerated, moist acidic soil, fertilize sparingly at Valentine’s Day and Mothers Day. Give it some protection from hot sun.
HARDY!!! (It’s from Canada and Maine, not to mention New Jersey!)
R. canadense is stoloneriferus – it sends out shoots from underground runners but it always remains dainty, not invasive.