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Rhododendron maximum

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Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Shrubs, Shrub-like Trees, Evergreens

Light Requirements: part-shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist, wet

Soil Description: acid, rich, loam

Height: 5'-15'

Bloom Time: June

Bloom Color: white, pink

Leaf Color: green, blue-green

Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7

Additional Tags: attracts birds, evergreen, fall interest, shade garden plant

Rhododendron maximum (great laurel)
  • Rhododendron maximum (great laurel)
  • Rhododendron maximum (great laurel)
  • Rhododendron maximum (great laurel)
  • Rhododendron maximum (great laurel)

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Description

Rhododendron maximum

Also known as:

great laurel

,

great rhododendron

,

wild rhododendron

,

rosebay rhododendron

,

white laurel

Scientific Synonyms:

Rhododendron ashleyi

Description

Rhododendron maximum is the largest rhododendron native to north America, commonly growing to a height of 15 feet, and occasionally becoming a small tree up to 30 feet. The leathery evergreen leaves are also exceptionally large.

Cultivation

Best grown grown where summers remain cool, and in higher elevations. Soil should be acidic, rich, moist to wet bu well drained.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, CT, DC, DE, GA, KY, MA, MD, ME, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Exploitably Vulnerable: NY
  • Threatened: ME, MA, OH, VT

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 maximum great laurel