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
Bloom Time: July, August
Bloom Color: orange, red
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8
Additional Tags: shade garden plant
Pricing & Availability
Rhododendron prunifoliumAlso known as:
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.
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
USDA Endangered Status:
- Threatened: GA
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