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Rhododendron carolinianum

Carolina azalea, Carolina rhododendron, Carolina laurel

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

USDA Symbol: rhca14

USDA Native Status:

Small, mound-shaped, broadleaf evergreen shrub, 3-6 ft. tall, with picturesque, ascending branches and smooth, thick, dark-green foliage, turning purplish in winter. Broad, funnel-shaped flowers occur in large, terminal clusters. Flowers range from white to pale bluish-pink and appear after the leaves.

 

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Flower:
Fruit:
Size Class: 6-12 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: May

Distribution

USA: CT , NC , SC , TN
Native Distribution: S. Appalachians, n. to TN & NC
Native Habitat: Rocky woods; cool meadows; mt. stream banks

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Shade
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Soil Description: Well-drained, gravelly loams.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Bumble Bees

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

Propagation

Description: Sow tiny seeds on peat under mist or a plastic tent. Wounded, semi-hardwood cutting taken in late summer and given hormone will root in 6-8 weeks.
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
LAMTREE FARM - Warrensville, NC

From the National Organizations Directory

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

Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE

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Additional resources

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

Metadata

Record Modified: 2009-02-18
Research By: TWC Staff

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