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Rhododendron (Catawba Rhododendron)

Rhododendron catawbiense

Description:

Rhododendron catawbiense (Catawba Rhododendron) is a species of Rhododendron native to the eastern United States, growing mainly in the Appalachian Mountains from Virginia south to northern Alabama. It is a dense, suckering shrub growing to 3 m tall, rarely 5 m. The leaves are evergreen, 6–12 cm long and 2–4 cm broad. The flowers are 3-4.5 cm diameter, violet-purple, often with small spots or streaks. The fruit is a dry capsule 15–20 mm long, containing numerous small seeds. The species is named after the Catawba tribe of Native Americans.

Habitat:

Central and southern Appalachian montane oak forest Southern Appalachian spruce-fir forest

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1 Comment

QWMom
QWMom 8 years ago

I live in prime habitat for these and other native relatives - in the spring there are so many colors growing wild in the mountains, it's amazing!

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Kennesaw, Georgia, USA

Spotted on Apr 8, 2012
Submitted on Feb 6, 2013

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