The Kurume group of evergreen Azaleas were bred in Japan for their cold tolerance, clusters of small flowers in spring and tiny leaves. They have a neat, compact growth habit and are perfect for mass planting. Regular clipping immediately after flowering maintains their tidy form. Numerous named hybrids in a wide array of bright colours are available. Like all Azaleas (Rhododendron is the correct botanical name) they flourish in dappled shade and acidic soils.