Rhododendron carolinianum Rehder
Carolina Azalea, Carolina Rhododendron, Carolina Laurel
Ericaceae (Heath Family)
USDA Symbol: rhca14
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 CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Size Notes: Up to about 6 feet tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
DistributionUSA: CT , NC , SC , 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.
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Bumble Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
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 DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Rhododendron carolinianum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Rhododendron carolinianum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Rhododendron carolinianum
MetadataRecord Modified: 2014-11-10
Research By: TWC Staff