May 4, 2010


Rhododendron 'poukhanense '

A lot of Chicago gardeners have given up trying to grow rhododendrons and azaleas in their gardens because the winters here are harsh and many, especially  the elepidote,  or large leafed type, don't fare well.

That's why I introduce the Korean azalea 'poukhanense ' to potential buyers.  Not only does it survive, but its waterfall-like habit is unique and the flowers are  pale lilac, large and tubular.  It  is an ideal specimen for a  woodland or Asian-themed garden.   This hardy azalea is named for the Poukhan mountain area in Korea where it grows without any assistance from mankind.

The Korean azalea gets quite large -3 to 4 feet round and tall but now comes in a compact size for smaller gardens.  It's bloom time is also ideal as it follows the early blooming PJM and Olga Mezzitt .


Written by Carolyngail at Sweet Home and Garden Chicago All rights reserved


  1. I haven't seen any of these offered by nurseries here in Wisconsin for years... I can't imagine why, as they are very lovely! Larry

  2. Very beautiful, Carolyn -- those blooms are almost orchid like.

  3. Very pretty Carolyn. It seems there are many Korean natives that grow so happily in our climate.

  4. I grow this azalea. It fits in nicely and blooms with the Southern Indicas, even though it is deciduous.

  5. This looks like a great one for our area. I loe the color.


  6. Thanks, all for stopping by. Korea has a harsh climate, actually worse than Chicago in some aspects which is why most garden ceners will tell you that their plant varieties do so well here.


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