Kirin Azalea

Rhododendron 'Kirin'

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Kirin Azalea (Rhododendron 'Kirin') at Martin's Home & Garden

Kirin Azalea flowers

Kirin Azalea flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Kirin Azalea (Rhododendron 'Kirin') at Martin's Home & Garden

Kirin Azalea in bloom

Kirin Azalea in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  3 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6b

Other Names:  Coral Bells Azalea, Daybreak Azalea, Pink Beauty

Group/Class:  Kurume Hybrid


A coral-pink azalea with stunning double blooms; a very low growing variety with glossy green foliage that turns burgundy in winter; absolutely must have well-drained, highly acidic and organic soil, use plenty of peat moss when planting

Ornamental Features

Kirin Azalea is bathed in stunning clusters of lightly-scented coral-pink trumpet-shaped flowers with pink overtones at the ends of the branches in mid spring before the leaves. It has dark green foliage. The glossy oval leaves turn burgundy in fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Kirin Azalea is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Kirin Azalea is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Kirin Azalea will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Accent  Massing  Garden 
Flowers  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features