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Rhododendron canescens

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Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Shrubs, Deciduous

Light Requirements: part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: acid, rich, average, loam, clay, sand

Height: 5'-8'

Bloom Time: March, April, May

Bloom Color: pink

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: deer resistant, fragrant flowers, naturalizing, poisonous, shade garden plant

Flower of Rhododendron canescens (mountain azalea)
  • Flower of Rhododendron canescens (mountain azalea)
  • Flower of Rhododendron canescens (mountain azalea)
  • Flower of Rhododendron canescens (mountain azalea)
  • Flower of Rhododendron canescens (mountain azalea)

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Description

Rhododendron canescens

Also known as:

mountain azalea

,

pink azalea

,

hoary azalea

,

wild azalea

,

honeysuckle azalea

,

Piedmont azalea

,

sweet azalea

,

southern pinxterflower

Scientific Synonyms:

Azalea candida, Azalea canescens, Rhododendron candidum

Description

Mountain azalea is the most common and probably the showiest native southeastern azalea. It is a deciduous shrub with a delicate open form, growing up to 8'. The leaves are dark green and velvety hence the common name hoary azalea. It blooms in terminal clusters of trumpet-shaped, pink, lightly fragrant flowers with slightly ruffled petals. The stamens are unusually long and showy, curving upwards like false eyelashes. Flowers appear in spring, before new leaf growth has fully developed.

Cultivation

Rhododendron canescens can best be described as an elegant, shade garden show stopper. It prefers a sheltered location, and open filtered light. Rich, acidic, moist, well drained soil is best. Plants have shallow root systems and will benefit from a layer of mulch as protection during dry spells. Plants may be pruned to encourage a denser form and increased flower production. However, flowers appear on the previous year's growth, so any pruning should be done in spring after blooming. Bloom time will vary from March to May. Zones 6-8

Propagation

Propagate by dividing mature plants, or by cuttings in summer. Can be propagated from seed. This is best achieved in a light, soilless medium and in sealed containers to retain consistent moisture until germination.

Additional Notes

As with all rhododendrons, all parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested in large quantities. Individual reactions can be severe. This does however make certain species deer resistant.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, DC, DE, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: KY

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Dilleniidae
Order Ericales
Family Ericaceae Heath family
Genus Rhododendron rhododendron
Species Rhododendron canescens mountain azalea