While azaleas are an iconic Southern landscaping staple, many of them are non-native. All North American azaleas, also known as native azaleas, are deciduous, meaning they drop their leaves in the fall or winter. Evergreen azaleas come mostly from Japan. There are also many azalea cultivars, which have been bred to achieve specific characteristics. The azaleas found in the Island Ford landscaping are flame azaleas- Rhododendron flammeum. They are named for their beautiful, showy flowers whose orange and yellow colors resemble flames.