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NC Native Plant Society:
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Rhododendron calendulaceum

Flame Azalea

Scientific Name:

Rhododendron calendulaceum

Genus:

Rhododendron

Species Epithet:

calendulaceum

Common Name:

Flame Azalea

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

6-12 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Red, Orange, Yellow

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, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Deciduous forests, particularly on mountain slopes, grassy balds. Common in NC Mountains, rare in Piedmont.

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:

Recommended and Available

Notes:

Attracts bees and hummingbirds.

Blooms

image

© MB Baumeister

Blooming Plants

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© MB Baumeister

Flower buds ready to open

garden in Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Rhododendron calendulaceum. You will likely hear them called Flame Azalea. This picture shows the Flower buds ready to open of Rhododendron calendulaceum

Bettina Darveaux

Young shrub in full bloom in early May

garden in Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Rhododendron calendulaceum. You will likely hear them called Flame Azalea. This picture shows the Young shrub in full bloom in early May of Rhododendron calendulaceum

Bettina Darveaux

Flowers opening as new leaves are emerging

garden in Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Rhododendron calendulaceum. You will likely hear them called Flame Azalea. This picture shows the Flowers opening as new leaves are emerging of Rhododendron calendulaceum

Bettina Darveaux

Growing in its natural mesic hardwood forest habitat

Macon County, NC

The Scientific Name is Rhododendron calendulaceum. You will likely hear them called Flame Azalea. This picture shows the Growing in its natural mesic hardwood forest habitat of Rhododendron calendulaceum

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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