Here’s another of the superb Japanese deciduous azaleas – many would say the best. In early spring its apple green leaves emerge in whorls of four or five rimmed in shades of red! The dainty white flowers appear with the leaves, and the plant seems to layer itself as the new shoots emerge from within the terminal buds. In autumn, the leaves turn shades of yellow and red; winter reveals the intriguing branch structure of this much sought-after rarity.
R. quinquefolium makes a wonderful container plant that always draws attention. In the ground, it may reach four feet in ten years. Pick your spot carefully as it does not like being transplanted once established. It doesn’t mind some heat, but it does want some shading from the sun, especially the afternoon sun.
Gentle, even watering in a loose, well-drained soil is best.
Add small amounts of fertilizer on Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day.
It is completely hardy in Western Washington.