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Rhododendron maximum

Great Rhododendron, Rosebay Rhododendron

Scientific Name:

Rhododendron maximum

Genus:

Rhododendron

Species Epithet:

maximum

Common Name:

Great Rhododendron, Rosebay Rhododendron

Plant Type

Tree/Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

12-36 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Pink

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

June, July, August

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Moist slopes, wet flats, bogs, swamps, north-facing bluffs in the Piedmont. Common in NC Mountains, uncommon in Piedmont.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

Notes:

Apparently most closely related to R. ponticum Linnaeus of Turkey and vicinity (Milne 2004).

Tight Bud

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Black Mountain, July 2005
© MB Baumeister

Showing Color

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Black Mountain, July 2005
© MB Baumeister

Plumping Up

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Black Mountain, July 2005
© MB Baumeister

First Flower Open

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Black Mountain, July 2005
© MB Baumeister

Fully Open

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Black Mountain, July 2005
© MB Baumeister

Branch with Blooms

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Black Mountain, July 2005
© MB Baumeister

Blooming Plant

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Black Mountain, July 2005
© MB Baumeister

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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