The only native azalea common in Carroll County, the pinxter is threatened by deer, who devour the young plants. It provides cover for a variety of birds and mammals.
Pinxter prefers a sun dappled or high open shade. It has a shallow root system which benefits from a mulch to retain moisture and stabilize soil temperatures.
Pinxter azalea propagates by layering, sprouting from the root crown, or by sending out horizontal stems that root at the nodes.
Rhododendrons are susceptible to insect and disease problems. Full sun can scorch the leaves and the roots rot if the soil is not well drained. But a healthy plant in the right place with proper maintenance should have few problems.
Darker pink or near white selections exist but have not been named as cultivars.
Pink Azalea – USDA Plant Fact Sheet
Pinxterbloom Azalea – Missouri Botanical Garden
Pinxterbloom Azalea – University of Connecticut Plant Database
Pink Azalea – USDA Forest Service
Pinxter Flower – North Carolina State Extension
Pinxter Flower – Maryland Native Plant Society
Recommended for Wildlife by
Gardening for the Birds by George Adams
Bringing Nature Home by Tallamy
Essential Native Trees and Shrubs for the Eastern United States by Dove & Woolridge
University of Connecticut Plant Database, http://hort.uconn.edu/plants, Mark H. Brand, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, Storrs, CT 06269-4067 USA.