R. nudipes is another of the Japanese deciduous azaleas. The leaves are rhombic shaped with brown hairs. The flowers are a rose-purple and vary in their intensity. They appear just as the leaves are emerging, and the effect is a strong announcement that spring has sprung.
Botanists have yet to sort out the Japanese deciduous azaleas, and there is some controversy as to how to group them or even distinguish them from one another. Whatever the outcome, these are truly stunning and outstanding plants that deserve a place in the woodland garden.
R. nudipes will appreciate small amounts of fertilizer on Valentine’s day and Mother’s Day, gentle watering that keeps it moist and good drainage with well-aerated soil. It will appreciate protection from intense sun – red leaves (except in the fall) are a sign that it would like more shade.