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Rhododendron periclymenoides

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

Light Requirements: part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: dry, moist

Soil Description: acid, rich

Height: 3'-6'

Bloom Time: March, April, May

Bloom Color: white, pink

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: attracts butterflies, attracts hummingbirds, fragrant flowers, rock garden plant, shade garden plant

Rhododendron periclymenoides (pink azalea)
  • Rhododendron periclymenoides (pink azalea)
  • Rhododendron periclymenoides (pink azalea)
  • Rhododendron periclymenoides (pink azalea)
  • Rhododendron periclymenoides (pink azalea)

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Description

Rhododendron periclymenoides

Also known as:

pink azalea

,

pinkster

,

pinxterflower

,

pinxterbloom azalea

Scientific Synonyms:

Azalea nudiflora, Rhododendron nudiflorum

Description

Rhododendron periclymenoides is a species that bears showy, fragrant pinkish blooms and can be considered the classic, native deciduous azalea. The flowers emerge before the foliage, and with their distinctive elongated stamens, along with the shrubs' delicate open form, create a fairy-like presence winking from the springtime understory of deciduous forests.

Cultivation

The 'pinkster' azalea might well be the easiest of all native azaleas to grow. It requires acidic, moist but very well drained soil and is fairly tolerant of dry conditions. Wet conditions will inevitably lead to root rot. Shrubs have a shallow root system, it is therefore not recommended to cultivate near their base. Filtered light is best, with more sun promoting a bushier appearance.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

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

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: NH
  • Exploitably Vulnerable: NY
  • Special Concern: RI
  • Threatened: OH

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 periclymenoides pink azalea