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Rhododendron prunifolium

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

Light Requirements: part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

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

Height: 8'-20'

Bloom Time: July, August

Bloom Color: orange, red

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 7, 8

Additional Tags: shade garden plant

Rhododendron prunifolium (plumleaf azalea)
  • Rhododendron prunifolium (plumleaf azalea)
  • Rhododendron prunifolium (plumleaf azalea)
  • Rhododendron prunifolium (plumleaf azalea)
  • Rhododendron prunifolium (plumleaf azalea)

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Rhododendron prunifolium

Also known as:

plumleaf azalea


Scientific Synonyms:

Azalea prunifolia


Rhododendron prunifolium is one of the latest blooming of the native azaleas, and arguably one of the showiest. July and August will bring on an explosion of bright orange to red flowers. This is an exceptionally large species of azaleas, with specimens growing to a height of 15' or more.


Rich, acidic, moist but well-drained soil in filtered light are best for this woodland beauty. Plumleaf azalea is a heat tolerant southern species, however, it is best planted in an area sheltered from direct afternoon sunlight so as to protect the flowers from the searing mid-summer heat, and extend the bloom period. This shrub's large size make it a good choice for a privacy screen. Zones 7-8


Can be propagated from seed with no pretreatment required. Can also be propagated by layering or cuttings taken early in the growing season.

Additional Notes

Rhododendron prunifolium has very small native range, with wild populations limited to a handful of counties in Georgia and Alabama. Although it is often used to create hybrids, the straight species is underutilized and remains difficult to find commercially.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Threatened: GA


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 prunifolium plumleaf azalea