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Rhododendron flammeum

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

Light Requirements: part-shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: acid, rich, loam, sand

Height: 5'-8'

Bloom Time: April, May

Bloom Color: orange, red

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: attracts bees, rare, shade garden plant, woodland plant

Rhododendron flammeum (piedmont azalea)
  • Rhododendron flammeum (piedmont azalea)
  • Rhododendron flammeum (piedmont azalea)
  • Rhododendron flammeum (piedmont azalea)

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Description

Rhododendron flammeum

Also known as:

Piedmont azalea

,

Oconee azalea

Scientific Synonyms:

Azalea speciosa, Rhododendron speciosum

Description

Rhododendron flammeum is a deciduous azalea with an open form that can grow to a height of 8'. The flowers are stunning, forming dense clusters in vivid hues ranging from orange to bright-red, hence the specific epithet 'flammeum' that means 'flame-like'.

Cultivation

Piedmont azalea is one of the most heat-tolerant native azaleas. It does not tolerate direct sunlight and prefers open shade or filtered light. It requires moist, acidic soil rich in organic material and good drainage. It does not tolerate wet feet. The root system is fibrous and shallow, therefore it is not recommended to cultivate around them. Maintaining a layer of mulch or leaf mold around the plants' base will help maintain adequate levels of moisture, as well as acidify and enrich the soil. Zones 6-8

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
GA, SC

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 flammeum Piedmont azalea