|Azalea mucronulatum 'Cornell Pink'
(Pink Manchurian Azalea)
Botanical Name: Azalea mucronulatum 'Cornell Pink'
Pink Manchurian Azalea
Green, with some yellowing in the fall
Small, dry capsule - not showy
Deciduous upright rounded shrub
4 to 8 feet
Full sun to part shade.
Northern China, Korea and Japan
Description: The variety ‘Cornell Pink’ is far more spectacular than the type plant. A more heavily branched plant, it is covered with clear pink flowers in mid-April. The abundance of bloom at this early time of the spring season makes this a spectacular addition to any garden. It still has the drawback of being frost-nipped in certain years, but that shouldn’t keep anyone from planting it. We have found over the years that by planting this variety on the north side of the house it tends to bloom a bit later, and that, along with the protection from the house, keeps it from being hurt by the frost. Planting it in a semi-shaded area near some deep rooted trees would no doubt perform the same function.