Azaleas are small trees or shrubs that flower during the spring. They grow to around 60cm tall and are a shallow rooting plant with red, pink and white blossoms. Gardeners have developed a number of hybrid varieties over the years. It is a fairly hardy plant, which is relatively easy to grow in most climates.
They are native to China and Thailand, but they are now abundant in many parts of the world. Their natural habitat is in the dappled sunlight of a forest with moving trees that alternately provide them with bright sunlight and protective shade. The optimum growing conditions for Azaleas are acidic, well-drained soil and moderate temperatures.