Martin, Edwin M.
Rhododendron catawbiense Michx.
Catawba rosebay, Purple rhododendron, Red laurel, Catawba rhododendron, Mountain rosebay
Ericaceae (Heath Family)
A mound-shaped, broadleaf evergreen shrub,
6-20 ft. tall, with stout, picturesque, ascending branches. The foliage is dense, thick, glossy and dark green, often in winter developing a yellow-green cast. The numerous bell-shaped, rosy-lilac flowers occur in dense, terminal clusters. An evergreen shrub
with clusters of large, rose or purple-lilac, funnel-shaped flowers.
This attractive flowering shrub
with southern affinities forms dense thickets on mountain slopes. Frequently used as an ornamental, it has been hybridized with the less hardy Himalayan species to produce some of our most spectacular showy rhododendrons.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
AL , GA , KY , MA , NC , SC , TN , VA , WV Native Distribution:
VA to KY, s. to GA & AL Native Habitat:
Mountain woods; rocky slopes USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Shade
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Soil Description: Various well-drained soils.