- BOTANICAL NAME: Rhododendron catawbiense
- COMMON NAME: Catawba rhododendron
- FAMILY: Ericaceae
- NATIVITY: West Virginia southwest to Georgia and Alabama in the Appalachian Mtns
- GROWTH HABIT: Shrub with dense foliage, mostly rounded apperance.
- SIZE: 6-10' tall, 5-8' wide
- HARDINESS: Zone 4-8
- CULTURE: Part shade to shade; needs shelter from wind and strong sun. Prefers moist, well-drained, acidic, highly organic soil.
- LANDSCAPE USE: Good for mass plantings or borders.
- FOLIAGE: Alternate, simple, evergreen.
- BARK: New growth is pale green; mature stems are brown.
- FRUIT: Dehiscent capsule with 5 valves.
- FLOWER: 5 -6" clusters of light to rosy purple flowers, 1 1/2" long and 2 1/2" wide, marked with green-light brown in center of corolla.
- BUDS: Yellow-green scales, 1/2" long, pointed.
- PROPAGATION: Seed or cuttings.
- PESTS: Canker, root rot, lace bugs.