kurume azalea


ku·​ru·​me azalea
often capitalized K
: any of certain garden azaleas of variable hardiness with white, pink, rose, scarlet, or lavender flowers originating in Japan chiefly by selection from or hybridization of a native Japanese azalea (Rhododendron obtusum) with hairy shoots and evergreen or deciduous leaves

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from Kurume, city in northern Kyushu, Japan

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“Kurume azalea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kurume%20azalea. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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