Rhododendron vaseyi

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

Light Requirements: part-sun, part-shade, shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist, wet

Soil Description: acid, rich, loam

Height: 6'-15'

Bloom Time: April

Bloom Color: pink

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 6

Additional Tags: attracts butterflies, bog plant, rare, shade garden plant, stream margin plant

Rhododendron vaseyi (pinkshell azalea)
  • Rhododendron vaseyi (pinkshell azalea)
  • Rhododendron vaseyi (pinkshell azalea)
  • Rhododendron vaseyi (pinkshell azalea)

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Rhododendron vaseyi

Also known as:

pinkshell azalea


Scientific Synonyms:

Biltia vaseyi


Rhododendron vaseyi is a beautiful and rare species with remarkable pink flowers.


Difficult to hybridize, it can safely be mixed among other azalea species. Will tolerate moderately dry conditions once established. Prefers consistently moist, even soggy soil, in filtered light.

Additional Notes

Rhododendron vaseyi is possibly the rarest north American endemic azalea, with native populations limited to a handful of counties in the North Carolina Piedmont.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:


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 vaseyi pinkshell azalea