White azalea leaves curling

Asked May 8, 2018, 9:26 AM EDT

I have several white azaleas on the east side of my home that are showing some kind of leaf curl. They are blooming profusely however. They were planted from a local nursery two seasons ago. Perhaps this is damage from late winter cold? Or is there another likely explanation which should be dealt with? Photos attached. Red as the ideas that are adjacent are not showing the same thing.

Baltimore County Maryland

1 Response

This does not look like a disease. Azaleas are shallow rooted and will appreciate water during dry periods. In general, white azaleas are more sensitive to any type of issue - environmental, cultural, etc. Water deeply and see if the plants respond. Make sure mulch is no thicker than several inches and keep away from the base of the shrub. Be sure to water during dry periods this season.

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