- BOTANICAL NAME: Rhododendron minus
- PRONUNCIATION: ro-do-DEN-drun MY-nus
- COMMON NAME: Dwarf Rhododendron
- FAMILY: Ericaceae
- NATIVITY: North Carolina south to Georgia, primarily in the inner costal plains and lower mountains
- GROWTH HABIT: Small rounded shrub.
- SIZE: 3 - 6' tall in cultivation, to 10' in the wild. Can get taller than R. carolinianum.
- HARDINESS: Zone 5 - 9
- CULTURE: Plants grow in the open uplands and are tolerant
of some sun but will grow in shade. Rich, moist, acidic soils are best for optimal growth.
- LANDSCAPE USE: Specimen plant, shade garden, naturalizing.
- FOLIAGE: Alternate, broad elliptic to ovate, entire, not or only slightly revolute, 1 1/2 - 4" long.
- FLOWERS: Flowers in terminal trusses, rose-pink to white in color, June.
Differs from R. carolinianum in that R. minus has deeper colored flowers, 4 - 6 weeks later.
- FRUIT: Capsule.
- PROPAGATION: Seed, cuttings.
- PESTS: Lace-wing, root-rot.
- CULTIVARS: Some native plant nurseries will list the white form.