Is it Native Azalea or Dogwood?

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Date Photo Taken: March 13, 2011
Location: Decatur, GA
Posted By: petril

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I have several of these in my backyard that come back every spring. I’ve checked with a few people and even went to Pike for help but I’ve heard a variety of things. It is a native azalea or a wild azalea or it is part of the dogwood family? I would like to know so I can take care or prune properly.

COMMENTS

  1. Southern Garden Coach Flower Fanatic says:

    Do these, or will they, have white, pink or rose-colored blooms on them? They look like they may be Weigela. The University of Connecticut has some good information here: http://www.hort.uconn.edu/plants/w/weiflo/weiflo1.html

    March 16th, 2011 at 2:13 pm
  2. Bobby Unregistered says:

    Although the leaves are similar to a dogwood the date of your pictures lead me to believe that it is neither dogwood or native azaleas. I have not seen either of these plants in leaf yet this year.
    When do they bloom?

    March 16th, 2011 at 7:04 pm
  3. Frances Unregistered says:

    Thanks for the responses! Let me know if the information below helps.

    @ Southern Garden Coach, they get little white flowers when they bloom.Then in the fall, they get berry-like blooms (but not like a holly berry)

    @ Bobby, they are bare all winter and then get their leave now in and will start blooming anytime between now and late spring. They seem to get bushier in the summer. The blooms are not fragrant.

    March 18th, 2011 at 9:31 am
  4. Bobby Unregistered says:

    The well developed leaves and the date of your pictures still have me a little buffaloed. No problem, I’ve learned to enjoy confusion over the years! And to Coach, my Weigelas are just now showing a tiny leaf.
    Could this perhaps be a silky dogwood? http://www.duke.edu/~cwcook/trees/coam2.html

    March 19th, 2011 at 11:16 am
  5. Lyle Unregistered says:

    I think this might be Amur Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii). I came across one of these in a client’s yard a few years ago while doing a design. I also first thought it to be a dogwood of some type based on the leaves, and I had no idea of what the flowers or berries were like. I sent a few photos to David, Berle, a past professor of mine at UGA. He identified it for me. Of course, now I remember what Amur Honeysuckle looks like as well.

    Try this link for more info http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/trees/honey_am/tabid/5376/Default.aspx

    March 19th, 2011 at 1:04 pm
  6. Frances Unregistered says:

    @ Bobby: I live in Georgia and we usually rush spring in with warmer climates…It was 80 this past weekend. Does that help with the blooming? I don’t think it is a silky dogwood though based on the berries in the pictures.

    @ Lyle Maybe it is an amur honeysuckle. I see a lot of similarities in the images from the link but they certainly don’t look that good.

    Thanks everyone!

    March 21st, 2011 at 9:36 am
  7. Bobby Unregistered says:

    I am thinking Lyle is on the right track here. Good info Lyle, thanks!

    March 22nd, 2011 at 8:19 pm
  8. BRENDA Unregistered says:

    WE PURCHASED NATIVE AZALEAS FROM FAMILY TREE NURSERY THIS APRIL. THEY WERE IN BLOOM AND BLOOMS ARE SHAPED LIKE HONEY SUCKLES. THEY ARE VERY FRAGRANT AND WE HAVE THREE DIFFERENT COLORS-GOLD, ROSE & YELLOW. THE “SMALL WHITE BLOOM” YOU DESCRIBED DOESN’T SOUND LIKE NATIVE AZALEAS. DOES THE AMUR HONEYSUCKLE HAVE A SMALL WHITE FLOWER WHEN IT BLOOMS?

    April 25th, 2011 at 8:33 am
  9. Frances Unregistered says:

    To Brenda: I think we’ve identified that what I have is an Amur Honeysuckle. It has a white honeysuckle-like flower an blooms in spring. In the fall I will have red-organge berries on the tree. The shrub is somewhat invasive so I need to trim and prune back. Hope this info helps.

    April 27th, 2011 at 3:51 pm

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