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Rhododendron austrinum

This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
Common Name(s):
Florida azalea
Cultivar(s):
Don's Variegated , Firecracker , Lisa's Gold
Categories:
Native Plants, Poisonous Plants, Shrubs
Comment:

Loose multi-stemmed shrub; easy to grow; fragrant flowers; native to lower southeastern US, but not native to North Carolina; drought tolerant

Description:
Woody, evergreen or deciduous shrubs; leaves alternate, simple, smooth- or toothed-margined; flowers in a terminal cluster, tubular, 5-parted, white to deep pink or yellow; fruit an elongated capsule.
Height:
8-10 ft.
Foliage:
Alternate, simple dark green leaves; yellow to bronze-orange fall color
Flower:
Clear yellow, cream, gold-orange to almost red flowers in spring before leaves emerge
Zones:
7 to 9
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Partial shade; moist, well-drained soil
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Loose multi-stemmed shrub; upright
Exposure:
Partial shade; moist, well drained soil
Fruit:
Yellow to gold orange flowers in spring
Poison Part:
All parts.
Poison Delivery Mode:
Ingestion.
Symptoms:
Salivation, watering of eyes and nose, abdominal pain, loss of energy, depression, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, difficult breathing, progressive paralysis of arms and legs, coma.
Toxic Principle:
Andromedotoxin.
Severity:
HIGHLY TOXIC, MAY BE FATAL IF EATEN!
Found in:
Houseplant or interiorscape; landscape as cultivated woody shrub; forest or natural area.
Width:
8-10 ft.

NCCES plant id: 529

Rhododendron austrinum Rhododendron austrinum