Each bed within Azalea Border tends to have a prominent backbone species or genus (e.g., Rhododendron arborescens, Enkianthus), with ancillary species and cultivars mixed in. The midsized serviceberries (Amelanchier spp.) are understory species grown in many of the beds; they serve as a thread tying the beds together, particularly when they are all in bloom. The overstory comprises mostly maples, including the Arboretum’s tallest tree, a silver maple (Acer saccharinum). Notable specimens of katsura (Cercidiphyllum japonicum) and cork trees (Phellodendron amurense) can also be found here.
From the Arborway Gate, Azalea Border is about a five minute walk; it is about 10 minutes from the Forest Hills Gate and about twenty-five minutes from the Bussey Street Gate. Azalea Border is on the eastern side of Meadow Road. Its northern edge is opposite the intersection of Linden Path and Meadow Road; the southern edge of the Border is near the Maple Collection. If driving, park along the Arborway.
Azalea Border is adjacent to Meadow Road, which is paved and fully accessible.
Download a tour brochure for azaleas [pdf].
New! Link to a tour of this collection on Arboretum Explorer. Our new mobile web application allows you to take self-guided tours of featured plants in our landscape. Follow this link and you will see colored leaf icons. Click/tap on an icon to get a plant name and image; click/tap the “i” button on the right to get more detailed information. For more information on how to use the mobile application click/tap on “Help” in the menu.
How long should I explore?
Spend five to ten minutes walking by Azalea Border, or longer in spring when the varied collections are in bloom.
Plan your visit to the Arboretum.