False azaleas are so closely related to the true azaleas that it has recently been suggested that they be included in the same genus. When not in flower this species closely resembles an azalea. However, the flowers are small, reddish and bell-shaped, more like blueberry than azalea flowers. Leaves are bluish green, slightly sticky and strongly scented, growing in attractive bunches. They take on orange-brown autumn colours and are deciduous.