Genus - (Rhododendron) Azalea
Azaleas are in the genus rhododendron. There is no genus Azalea. Azaleas are evergreen and deciduous flowering shrubs. Azaleas are popular around the world with azalea festivals in many countries and also numerous ones in cities across the U.S. All parts of Azalea contain andromedotoxin and are considered poisonous.
Culture - Azaleas in our area do best in a full to part sun location. They prefer an acidic soil in the pH range of 4.5-6.0. Plant in a well drained soil as consistently moist soil will produce poor results. Azalea do best in sites protected from winter winds. Often times on the south or east near a structure gives great results.