I transplanted a very old azalea from our cottage to my house last fall. It's only about 3' tall and is shaped much like a Japanese Maple with a single truck and a flattened canopy. It grew this way. It and three other shrubs (this was the smallest) date to pre-1950s.
The leaves fell off as Fall progressed. There are leaf buds but they seem gray and dried. It never leafed out and I assumed it died. But I trimmed one small branch as a test and it was green inside.
I continue to water it. It gets sun but is shaded from the hottest afternoon sun.
I've also applied an azalea/rhodo fertilizer.
Should I wait and see or is it most likely dead? I was hoping even for a shoot to pop out from the root stock but there appears to be no life other than it still being green inside.