Azalea Collection

Azalea Collection
The azalea collection (Rhododendron sp.) is a research collection and as such not all plants are labeled.  The species, cultivars and un-named hybrids are all part of the Horticultural Research Center's azalea breeding project.  To date 13 hardy azaleas (the Northern Lights series) have been released from this program, creating a wide variety of colors hardy in Minnesota.  Several more hardy azaleas can be found throughout the gardens.

The Northern Lights azaleas are the Arboretum's signature plant and are found throughout the grounds.  Introductions include, Golden Lights, White Lights, Pink Lights, Rosy Lights, Northern Lights, Northern Hi-Lights, Lemon Lights, Mandarin Lights, Tri-Lights, Candy Lights, Lilac Lights, Orchid Lights and Spicy Lights.

Most are available in local nurseries and more hybrids are on the way.  You can't beat the rhododendron genus for fabulous flowers and fragrance!

Arboretum Gardens and

Display and Specialty Gardens
  Annual Garden
  Dahlia Trial Garden
  Daylily and Chrysanthemum Walk
  Dwarf Conifer Collection and
    Waterfall Garden

  Entrance Garden
  Fern Walk
  Hedge Collection
  Home Demonstration Gardens
  Hosta Glade
  Iris Garden
  Japanese Garden
  Lilac Collection and
Blackman Garden
  Lily and Dahlia Collection
  Maze Garden
  Ornamental Grass Collection
  Peony Walk
  Perennial Garden
  Rain Gardens
  Rose Gardens
  Sensory Garden
  Shade Tree Exhibit
  Terrace Garden
  Woodland-Azalea Garden
  Visitor Center
  Dahlberg Welcoming Terrace
  Keating Terrace
  Newton Dining Terrace
  Sweatt Entry Terrace
  Wall Teaching Garden
  Wright Terrace Gardens
  Wildflower Garden
  Garden for Wildlife

Native Areas
  The Prairie
  Spring Peeper Meadow
  The Bog Area

  Azalea Collection
  Bailey Shrub Walk
  Hydrangea Collection
  Lilac Collection
  Miscellaneous Shrub Collection
  Pea Shrub Collection
  Potentilla Collection
  Rhododendron Garden
  Spirea Collection
  Viburnum Collection
  Weigela Collection

  Arborvitae Collection
  Ash Collection
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  Buckeye Collection
  Corktree Collection
  Crabapple Collection
  Elm Collection
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  Larch Collection
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  Magnolia Collection
  Maple Collection
  Nut Collection
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  Pine Collection
  Poplar Collection
  Prunus Collection
  Small Tree Collection
  Serviceberry Collection
  Spruce Collection
  Weeping Tree Collection
  Willow Collection