A deciduous azalea, R. schlippenbachii is a long-time favorite native to Korea and Manchuria. Its rounded leaves are held in distinctive whorls and finish the season in shades of yellow and orange in the fall. Flowers range from pink to white and appear before or with the leaves.
R. schlippenbachii makes a well-rounded shrub that may reach five feet in ten years. It prefers some shade, especially in the afternoon. Hardy to -10 F. It is often known as the Royal Azalea.