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Rhododendron carolinianum Rehder
Carolina azalea, Carolina rhododendron, Carolina laurel
USDA Symbol: rhca14
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: May
, TN Native Distribution:
S. Appalachians, n. to TN
& NC Native Habitat:
Rocky woods; cool meadows; mt. stream banks
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Shade
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Soil Description: Well-drained, gravelly loams.
PropagationDescription: 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 Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Mt. Cuba Center
- Hockessin, DE
Record Last Modified: 2009-02-18
Research By: TWC Staff