Rhododendron catawbiense

Rhododendron catawbiense
  • BOTANICAL NAME: Rhododendron catawbiense
  • PRONUNCIATION: ro-do-DEN-drun ka-taw-bi-EN-see
  • 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.



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