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Rhododendron vaseyi

This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
Common Name(s):
Pinkshell azalea
Cultivar(s):
White Find , Pinkerbell
Categories:
Native Plants, Poisonous Plants, Shrubs
Comment:

Flowers attract butterflies; flowers lack tubes of most native azaleas; deep burgundy fall foliage; irregular upright habit. This plant is frequently damaged by deer.

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:
5-10 ft.
Foliage:
Alternate, simple medium green leaves; deep burgundy fall color
Flower:
Soft pink to white flowers with orange freckles before leaves emerge; not fragrant; flowers lack tubes of most native azaleas
Zones:
5 to 9
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun to partial shade; moist, well-drained soil but tolerates very moist soil
Form:
Irregular upright habit
Exposure:
Sun to partial shade; moist well drained soil but tolerates very moist soil
Fruit:
Soft pink to white flowers with orange freckles before leaves emerge; not fragrant
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.
Tags:
deciduous

NCCES plant id: 541

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