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Rhododendron minus var. minus

Description

Woody evergreen compact to straggling shrub in the Ericaceae family.  Heat tolerant but also surprisingly cold hardy (to -5°F). Found in the woods and mountains, on moist slopes, streamsides, rocky cliffs and ridges in AL, GA, NC, SC, and TN.

Seasons of Interest:

    Foliage: Evergreen     Bloom:  Spring 

 Wildlife Value: Members of the genus Rhododendron support the following specialized bee: Andrena (Andrena) cornelli.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Rhododendrons are susceptible to insect and disease problems.  Insect problems include aphids, borers, lacebugs, leafhoppers, mealybugs, mites, nematodes, scale, thrips and whitefly.  Diseases include canker, crown rot, root rot, leaf spot, rust, and powdery mildew.  Full sun can scorch the leaves and the roots rot if soil does not drain well.   A healthy plant in the right place with proper maintenance should have few problems. This plant suffers from deer browsing.  In harsh winters the leaves may burn somewhat, but the plant is unharmed and aggressively springs back. 

Form: Compact to straggling

Distribution:  AL, GA, NC, SC, and TN

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Rhododendron
    Species:
    minus var. minus
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eastern US
    Wildlife Value:
    Members of the genus Rhododendron support the following specialized bee: Andrena (Andrena) cornelli.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Poisonous
    Shrub
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    Elongated capsule
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Leathery
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Simple, alternate twisting dark green leathery leaves. Apex usually acute or acuminate, secondary veins usually not depressed
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Woodland
    Attracts:
    Pollinators
    Specialized Bees
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Wet Soil