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Rhododendron prinophyllum [= Rhododendron roseum]

Election Pink, Early Azalea, Roseshell Azalea

Scientific Name:

Rhododendron prinophyllum [= Rhododendron roseum]

Genus:

Rhododendron

Species Epithet:

prinophyllum

Common Name:

Election Pink, Early Azalea, Roseshell Azalea

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

3-6 ft., 6-12 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Pink

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains

Habitat Description:

Upland forests (especially under Quercus montana and Quercus rubra), xeric pine and oak woodlands. Rare in NC mountains (present in only 1 county).

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Highly Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S1: Critically imperiled (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

State Status:

T: Threatened (*Key)

Notes:

Fragrant flowers. Hybrids & cultivars available.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/species_account.php

https://nc.audubon.org/conservation/bird-friendly-communities/bird-friendly-native-plants

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/rhododendron-roseum/

https://www.rhododendron.org/descriptionS_new.asp?ID=213



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