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Rhododendron vaseyi

Pinkshell Azalea

Scientific Name:

Rhododendron vaseyi

Genus:

Rhododendron

Species Epithet:

vaseyi

Common Name:

Pinkshell 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):

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:

Moist slopes, bogs, high elevation rocky summits, cliffs, high elevation heath balds (usually over 4000’). An NC endemic, and rare in the NC mountains.

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:

S2: Imperiled (*Key)

Global Rank:

G3 - Vulnerable (*Key)

State Status:

SR-L: Significantly Rare: Limited (*Key)

Notes:

Stunning large pink flowers with from 5 to 7 protruding stamens. Nice fall color.

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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-vaseyi/

https://www.rhododendron.org/descriptionS_new.asp?ID=214



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