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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Her azaleas are the first generation of the University of Minnesota‘s famed Northern Lights series. Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, "Blundering Gardener: Highland Park gardener invites us into her own Shangri-la," 15 June 2019 Plants with broadleaves like ligustrum, Indian hawthorn, loropetalum and azaleas can be trimmed back to bare stems, but if a few leaves are left, the recovery is often faster. Tom Maccubbin,, "Cut stems to increase number of crape myrtle flower heads," 20 July 2019 Apparently, coffee is a great source of nitrogen, and plants that enjoy more acidic soil can benefit from certain levels of nitrogen, like blueberries, azaleas, and rhododendrons. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Gardening Experts Says You Should Actually Be Watering Your Plants With Coffee," 23 July 2019 My husband advocates pulling it out and planting an azalea there., "Need tips on how to prune back a rhododendron? Ask an Expert," 29 June 2019 Across south Seminole, ice chunks ranging from marble- to golf ball-size hail piled up 4 to 12 inches deep along streets where azaleas has been blooming minutes before. Roger Simmons,, "Freak hail storm dropped 2 feet of ice in Central Florida in 1992 | Pictures," 1 July 2019 In spring, dogwoods, blush-pink azaleas, and white hydrangeas that look like perfectly round snowballs are in full bloom everywhere. Diana Budds, Curbed, "This suburban utopia is all about worshipping nature," 14 June 2019 Because the azaleas seem always to bloom right on time, skeptics have propagated the myth that the club’s horticulturists freeze the blossoms, in advance of the tournament, or swap out early bloomers for more coöperative specimens. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "Inside the Cultish Dreamworld of Augusta National," 14 June 2019 For the past century or more, gardeners have wanted to grow plants that were decidedly exotic and spectacularly different; the list includes non-native versions of roses, azaleas, hostas and lilies, for example. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "This unusual garden style could be a sustainable solution for urban landscapes," 5 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of azalea

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


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Kids Definition of azalea

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

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