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Vick, Albert F. W.
Rhododendron vaseyi Gray
Pink-shell azalea, Pinkshell azalea
USDA Symbol: RHVA
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Apr
MA , NC Native Distribution:
Mts. of NC Native Habitat:
High elevation heath meadows, bogs & spruce forests USDA Native Status: L48(N)
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.
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
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Delaware Nature Society
- Hockessin, DE
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff