Friday, May 7, 2010


Tsutsuji, a flowering shrub, are a subgenus of the genus Rhododendron and the common name azalea is applied to many of the species. Tsutsuji, the largest flowering azalea, is native to Japan and blooms in great numbers in Kōbe in April. Also known as the evergreen azalea they became very popular in the Edo Period being bred in numerous cultivars and are of high cultural importance being a featured flower at many temples and shrines.

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