Rhododendron vaseyi A. Gray
Pinkshell azalea, Pink-shell azalea
Ericaceae (Heath Family)
Synonym(s): Biltia vaseyi
USDA Symbol: RHVA
A 5-15 ft. shrub with a slender-stemmed, open habit. The flowers are distinctive in that they appear before new leaves show either in the forest or on this azalea. Flowers lack the tube of most azaleas, so petals seem separate. Flowers color ranges from pink to pure white with a yellow throat. Medium-green foliage turns light- to dark-red in fall.
Pink-shell will not hybridize with other Rhododendron species. It is intolerant of drought.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Apr
DistributionUSA: MA , NC
Native Distribution: Mts. of NC
Native Habitat: High elevation heath meadows, bogs & spruce forests
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: 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. Pinkshell will not hybridize with other Rhododendron species. Intolerant of drought.
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Bumble Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationDescription: Combine seeds loosely with sphagnum moss and sprinkle lightly over a 2:1 perlite/peat mixture. Germinate under mist or a plastic tent. Optimum temperatures for germination are 45-50 degrees. Transplant seedlings to acid soil with a high content of orga
Seed Treatment: No pretreatment is necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Suppliers DirectoryAccording to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
Edge of the Woods Native Plant Nursery - Orefield, PA
LAMTREE FARM - Warrensville, NC
American Native Nursery - Quakertown, PA
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording 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
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Rhododendron vaseyi in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Rhododendron vaseyi in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Rhododendron vaseyi
MetadataRecord Modified: 2014-08-22
Research By: TWC Staff