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Rhododendron minusRhododendron minus

  • 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.
  • BUDS:
  • BARK:
  • 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.