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Rhododendron prunifolium [=Azalea prunifolia]

Plumleaf Azalea

Scientific Name:

Rhododendron prunifolium [=Azalea prunifolia]

Genus:

Rhododendron

Species Epithet:

prunifolium

Common Name:

Plumleaf Azalea

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Native/Alien:

S.E. Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

12-36 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Red, Orange

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

July, August

Habitat Description:

Mesic ravine forests and streambanks. Endemic to a small area along the AL- GA border, in se. AL and sw. and wc. GA.

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:

(*Key)

Global Rank:

G3 - Vulnerable (*Key)

State Status:

(*Key)

Notes:

Nice native azalea for summer blooming

Blooms in the summer

garden in Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Rhododendron prunifolium [=Azalea prunifolia]. You will likely hear them called Plumleaf Azalea. This picture shows the Blooms in the summer of Rhododendron prunifolium [=Azalea prunifolia]

Bettina Darveaux

New branches tend to be very dark in color

garden in Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Rhododendron prunifolium [=Azalea prunifolia]. You will likely hear them called Plumleaf Azalea. This picture shows the New branches tend to be very dark in color of Rhododendron prunifolium [=Azalea prunifolia]

Bettina Darveaux

Shrub planted in a shady, moist location

garden in Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Rhododendron prunifolium [=Azalea prunifolia]. You will likely hear them called Plumleaf Azalea. This picture shows the Shrub planted in a shady, moist location of Rhododendron prunifolium [=Azalea prunifolia]

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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