Rhododendron alabamense Rehder
Ericaceae (Heath Family)
Synonym(s): Azalea alabamensis
USDA Symbol: RHAL5
A low-growing, deciduous azalea usually less than 6 ft. high. Tends toward compactness and may sucker. The white, sometimes yellow-blotched, lemon-scented, tubular flowers with protruding stamens occur in terminal clusters of 6-10 before or with leaf emergence.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 15 feet tall, often much shorter.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink , Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
Bloom Notes: White petals are sometimes tinged pink.
DistributionUSA: AL , FL , GA , MS , NC , SC , TN
Native Distribution: SC to AL
Native Habitat: Dry, open woods; rich, wooded slopes
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Shade
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Soil Description: Well-drained soil.
Conditions Comments: Possibly the most fragrant native azalea. Alabama azalea frequently hybridizes and does not always appear true-to-type so it should be purchased in flower.
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. 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 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
Web ReferenceWebref 57 - Atlas of Florida Plants (2020) Institute for Systematic Botany
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Rhododendron alabamense in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Rhododendron alabamense in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Rhododendron alabamense
MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-10-20
Research By: TWC Staff