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Rhododendron prunifolium (Plumleaf azalea)
Bloodworth, Stefan

Rhododendron prunifolium

Rhododendron prunifolium (Small) Millais

Plumleaf azalea

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Synonym(s): Azalea prunifolia

USDA Symbol: RHPR2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Plum-leaf azalea grows 8-20 ft. high and produces 4- to 5-flowered clusters of orange-red to red, funnel-shaped flowers with protruding stamens. Distinctly shiny, dark-green foliage.


Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Size Class: 12-36 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Orange
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug


Native Distribution: S.e. AL & s.w. GA
Native Habitat: Sandy ravines along stream banks

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Soil Description: Moist, well-drained soil.
Conditions Comments: Good cultural practices reduce the incidence of disease and insect damage.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Bumble Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.


Description: Combine seeds loosely with sphagnum moss and sprinkle lightly over a 2:1 perlite/peat mixture. Optimum temperatures for germination are 45-50 degrees. Transplant seedlings to acid soil with a high content of organic matter. Cultivated evergreen azaleas
Seed Treatment: No pretreatment is necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes

From the National Suppliers Directory

According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:

Edge of the Woods Native Plant Nursery - Orefield, PA
American Native Nursery - Quakertown, PA

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Delaware Nature Society - Hockessin, DE
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE


Bibref 1620 - Gardening with Native Plants of the South (Reprint Edition) (2009) Wasowski, S. with A. Wasowski

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Rhododendron prunifolium in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Rhododendron prunifolium in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Rhododendron prunifolium


Record Modified: 2013-09-08
Research By: TWC Staff

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