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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Rhododendron minus [split from Rhododendron carolinianum]

Gorge Rhododendron, Punctatum, Dwarf Rhododendron, Carolina Laurel

Scientific Name:

Rhododendron minus [split from Rhododendron carolinianum]

Genus:

Rhododendron

Species Epithet:

minus

Common Name:

Gorge Rhododendron, Punctatum, Dwarf Rhododendron, Carolina Laurel

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

6-12 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, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Rocky slopes, escarpment gorges, rocky areas in the Piedmont, sandhill bluffs in the Coastal Plain. Common in NC mountains, rare in piedmont and coastal plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

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:

S4: Apparently secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G4 - Apparently Secure (*Key)

State Status:

W6: Watch List: Regionally Rare (*Key)

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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-minus/

https://www.rhododendron.org/descriptionS_new.asp?ID=37



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