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Rhododendron prunifolium

This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
Common Name(s):
Plum leaf azalea, Plumleaf azalea
Cultivar(s):
Pine Prunifolium , Lewis Shortt , Cherry Bomb , Coral Glow , Peach Glow
Categories:
Native Plants, Poisonous Plants, Shrubs
Comment:

Prefers a cool, shady site; flowers attract hummingbirds; native to lower southeastern US; does well in the south. 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, red, orange or yellow; fruit an elongated capsule.
Height:
8-12 ft.
Foliage:
Alternate, simple medium green leaves
Flower:
2 in. bright orange-red to deep red flowers in late summer; not fragrant
Zones:
5 to 9
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Partial shade; prefers moist, well-drained soil in a cool site; tolerates clay
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Upright, spreading; open shrub
Exposure:
Partial shade; moist well drained soil
Fruit:
Bright orange to deep red flowers in summer; 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.
Width:
6-8 ft.
Tags:
deciduous

NCCES plant id: 539

Rhododendron prunifolium Rhododendron prunifolium in bloom
Photo by Tom Potterfield, CC BY-NC-SA - 2.0
Rhododendron prunifolium R. prunifolium flower detail
Photo by Tom Potterfield, CC BY-NC-SA - 2.0