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Rhododendron viscosum var. serrulatum [= Rhododendron serrulatum]

Swamp Azalea, Clammy Azalea

Scientific Name:

Rhododendron viscosum var. serrulatum [= Rhododendron serrulatum]

Genus:

Rhododendron

Species Epithet:

viscosum var. serrulatum

Common Name:

Swamp Azalea, Clammy 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

Light:

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

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

May, June, July

Growing Area:

Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Bogs, pocosins, wet pine savannas. Rare in NC piedmont, common in coastal plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

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

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Rhododendron viscosum var. viscosum is more common in NC than is var. serrulatum. The flowers are fragrant.

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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-viscosum/

https://www.rhododendron.org/descriptionS_new.asp?ID=215



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