aza·​lea | \ ə-ˈzāl-yə How to pronounce azalea (audio) \

Definition of azalea

: any of a subgenus (Azalea) of rhododendrons with funnel-shaped corollas and usually deciduous leaves including many species and hybrid forms cultivated as ornamentals

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Recent Examples on the Web Shake heavy snow off shrubs and trees to keep branches from breaking or bending, especially frail structures such as arborvitae, boxwoods, young rhododendrons and azaleas. The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "10 tips to prepare your home and car for winter weather," 10 Jan. 2020 The third option is to move it; shallow-rooted plants such as azaleas and boxwood are happy to relocate. Washington Post, "The winter garden is full of promise and productivity. Don’t let it go to waste.," 20 Nov. 2019 There is a lot of history: Just to pick one example, Mobile has had a special place in the hybridization of azaleas. al, "Bloom or fade: Mobile Botanical Gardens at a crossroads," 4 Sep. 2019 The family Ericaceae includes rhododendrons and azaleas, blueberries and cranberries among others. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Jellied or whole? Thank this lucky soil for whatever Thanksgiving cranberry sauce you eat," 22 Nov. 2019 Then make sure the root ball of your new azalea is moist before planting. Tom Maccubbin,, "Dry root balls main reason for azalea decline," 26 Oct. 2019 The dogwood out back is curling up, the azaleas are in extremis, and the maple leaves are brown-tinged with environmental stress. Washington Post, "Your plants are parched. How you water makes all the difference.," 27 Sep. 2019 Be sure to visit the Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel, the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, and the Overlook Azalea Garden Trails (especially in the spring when the azaleas are blooming!). Julia Sayers |, al, "How to spend 24 hours in Callaway Gardens," 29 July 2019 Some, like rhododendrons, azaleas, blueberries and hydrangeas, have shallow roots and are especially vulnerable. oregonlive, "Utah serviceberry brought to Oregon infected with rust: Ask an expert," 9 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of azalea

1755, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for azalea

New Latin, genus name, from Greek, feminine of azaleos dry, from azein to parch, dry; akin to Hittite ḫat- to dry up and probably to Latin ador emmer

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The first known use of azalea was in 1755

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16 Jan 2020

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“Azalea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of azalea

: a type of bush that has colorful flowers that bloom in the spring


aza·​lea | \ ə-ˈzāl-yə How to pronounce azalea (audio) \

Kids Definition of azalea

: a usually small bush that has flowers of many colors which are shaped like funnels

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