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Rosebay Rhododendron

Rhododendron maximum

Description:

R. maximum is an evergreen shrub growing to 4 m (13 ft), rarely 10 m (33 ft), tall. The leaves are 9-19 cm (3-8 in) long and 2-4 cm (0.75-1.5 in) broad. It produces large, showy, white to purple flowers each June. The flowers are 2.5-3 cm (1 in) diameter, white, pink or pale purple, often with small greenish-yellow spots. The leaves can be poisonous. Leaves are oblong (10 to 30 cm long, 5 to 8 cm wide). It retains its waxy, deep-green leaves for up to 8 years, but once shed are slow to decompose.

Habitat:

Mesic forest slopes

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Mitch L
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Mitch L

Pennsylvania, USA

Spotted on Jul 6, 2005
Submitted on Feb 5, 2012

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