Rhododendron periclymenoides

Rhododendron periclymenoides - pink azalea or pinkerbloom

Pink azalea flowers about the end of May as the leaves unfold. The flowers are pink, as the name suggests, with a long tube and stamens, and smell faintly of lemon. In its native habitat in North America the species grows in shady spots in oak and beech forest on the slopes of the Appalachians. However, it is also said to thrive in more open spots in areas with cooler summers – like Finland.