R. stenopetalum var. linearifolium

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Here’s another of those Japanese azaleas that is hard to classify. This plant has had a number of names since it was first described in 1870, but whatever it’s called, different should be right up there. Strap-like flowers and leaves are very distinctive.

To keep this distinctiveness, it’s necessary to grow this character from cuttings.

This azalea may reach three to five feet in ten years, but it responds well to pruning, so you can keep it “under control.” It tends to be wider than tall and can provide a show in or out of bloom.

It’s evergreen and hardy to 0 F.