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Tuesday - April 03, 2012

From: Cherry Log, GA
Region: Southeast
Topic: Plant Lists, Seed and Plant Sources, Shrubs
Title: Native Azaleas for Southeast USA
Answered by: Janice Kvale

QUESTION:

Where can I purchase wild azaleas?

ANSWER:

You are located right in the middle of azalea central USA. To find out all about azaleas in Georgia, here is what you do: go to your favorite web search engine - Google, Yahoo, or any other - type in "native azaleas in Georgia." There are more resources available than I have listed below, but I will let you surf for those on your own. Here is some of what you will find:

http://www.mindspring.com/~earlsommerville/home.htm is a site devoted to information and photos of beautiful native azaleas in Georgia.

http://www.lazyknursery.com/ will sell you native species. It is located in Pine Mountain, Georgia. Many nurseries will ship stock to you but you are always safest buying locally if you can.

http://www.azaleachapter.com/mcdonald.htm lists Geogia's native azaleas.

http://www.caes.uga.edu/publications/pubDetail.cfm?pk_id=7732 is the University of Georgia's website on selecting and growing azaleas. Remember to note color, bloom time, size, light and soil requirements when selecting your plants. 

Here is a list of native plant suppliers in Georgia from our website, http://www.wildflower.org/suppliers/geo_search.php?passstr=-84.3907565,34.7803619,0#map

I've inserted below photos of some of the lovely azaleas that grow wild in Georgia. Wherever you choose to plant these beautiful shrubs, you can't go wrong. Obviously native azaleas love Georgia.

 

 

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Alabama azalea
Rhododendron alabamense

Smooth azalea
Rhododendron arborescens

Orange azalea
Rhododendron austrinum

Flame azalea
Rhododendron calendulaceum

Mountain azalea
Rhododendron canescens

Piedmont azalea
Rhododendron flammeum

Pink azalea
Rhododendron periclymenoides



Plumleaf azalea
Rhododendron prunifolium

Swamp azalea
Rhododendron viscosum

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