When in season, blooming plant of a Kurume Azalea become covered in abundance of
petite blossoms, ranging in colors of white, red, pink, coral, burgundy, crimson and more, with
different shape and style of flowers such as Yae-zaki (multi-layered petals) and
Shibori-zaki (tie-dyed patterned petals).
During the Edo period (span during the Tempo period of 1831-1845), Motozo Sakamoto, then a samurai of the
Kurume feudal clan, discovered a newly sprouted plant of an azalea growing from a bed of moss
which became the inspiration for his innovative method of mixing moss in his seedbed for azalea
From there, he successfully hybridized a new cultivar of Azalea using Kirishima Azalea but it
was not until the end of Edo period for Motozo Sakamoto to be recognized for his achievements,
an astonishing accomplishment.
Meiji period began and Taisho period arrived as many horticultural enthusiasts embraced his
work. Approximately 750 cultivars have been confirmed up to now, 300 of which still continues
its beauty today.