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NC Native Plant Society:
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Rhododendron carolinianum

Carolina Rhododendron, Punctatum

Scientific Name:

Rhododendron carolinianum

Genus:

Rhododendron

Species Epithet:

carolinianum

Common Name:

Carolina Rhododendron, Punctatum

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

3-6 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Pink

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May

Growing Area:

Mountains

Habitat Description:

Rocky summits, heath balds, high elevation forests, moist slopes. Uncommon to perhaps fairly common, at least locally in the NC mountains.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

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:

S3: Vulnerable (*Key)

Global Rank:

G4 - Apparently Secure (*Key)

Notes:

This species was recently split off from Rhododendron minus.

Blooms earlier than Piedmont Rhododendron (R. minus), and has smaller flowers than Rosebay Rhododendron (R. maximum).

Polk Co., NC

The Scientific Name is Rhododendron carolinianum. You will likely hear them called Carolina Rhododendron, Punctatum. This picture shows the Blooms earlier than Piedmont Rhododendron (R. minus), and has smaller flowers than Rosebay Rhododendron (R. maximum). of Rhododendron carolinianum

Lisa Lofland Gould

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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