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This narrow deciduous azalea bears fragrant, funnel-shaped, white, pink, or deep rose flowers. It grows to 15 feet tall and 5 to 6 feet wide. Mid-green leaves are densely hairy beneath. This picture shows the flower buds in early spring.
Native to Texas, Tennessee, and from North Carolina to north Florida. This one was photographed near a small creek at the edge of a deciduous forest at Silver Bluff Audubon Center near Jackson (Aiken County), SC.
It's also called Pinxter Azalea, Florida Pinxter, Hoary Azalea, Piedmont Azalea, and Wild Azalea.
Spotted on Mar 30, 2013
Submitted on Apr 7, 2013