When is an Azalea a Rhododendron?

So I have discovered that all azaleas are rhododendrons but not all rhododendrons are azaleas. Although after reading the distinguishing characteristics to differentiate between them it has not made things much easier.

What I have gathered is that the number of stamens is important and the fewer there are the more likely it’s an azalea. The little hairs on the leaves also have to run in a particular direction for azaleas but when taking pictures I am just captivated by the sheer beauty of the blooms.

Photo: Pink Rhododendron with Plum spot

Azalea pink dark spot low res

Photo: Pink Rhododendron with Orange spot

Azalea pink orange spot low res

Photo: Deep Orange Rhododendron

orange azaleas 2 low res

Photo: Pink Rhododendron

Pink Azaleas low res

 

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