Tropical Gardening: Azaleas and Vireya Rhododendron available at some nurseries now

Photo courtesy of Voltaire Moise These colorful miniature azaleas are at some Hawaii Island nurseries. They grow well in the cool, moist mountain regions. They are slow but can become bushy shrubs up to 5 feet in height.

Spring will soon be here as days get longer and some azaleas are showing up at a few nurseries. These are the varieties that are grown in mainland gardens where temperatures are mild, especially in the Southeast and Pacific Northwest.