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Pinkshell Azalea Rhododendron vaseyi

Phonetic Spelling
rho-doh-DEN-dron vah-SAY-ee
This plant has high severity poison characteristics.
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Description

Pinkshell Azalea is a woody, evergreen or deciduous shrubs that is native only to the mountains of NC in acidic moist and wet substrates near bogs and streams.  It can grow up to 15 feet tall with a rounded irregular habit. It is an early blooming azalea and the pink flowers appear before the leaves making them stand out even better. The flowers lack the trumpet form of most native azaleas and are flatter in shape. Fall foliage is red to burgundy if it gets some sun.

Plant in full sun to partial shade for best blooming in humus-rich moist well-drained soil. Use in a woodland or native garden as a specimen or in groups. Can also be used in foundation plantings

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Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Pinkerbell'
  • 'White Find'
'Pinkerbell', 'White Find'
Tags:
#bees#hummingbirds#evergreen#deciduous#fall color#poisonous#specimen#wildlife plant#pink flowers#nectar plant#rabbit resistant#wet sites#specialized bees#foundation planting#pollinator plant#food source fall#food source herbage#food source nectar#food source pollen#mammals#butterfly friendly#butterfly larvae#moth larvae#Piedmont Mountains FACU#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses#audubon#woodlands
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Pinkerbell'
  • 'White Find'
'Pinkerbell', 'White Find'
Tags:
#bees#hummingbirds#evergreen#deciduous#fall color#poisonous#specimen#wildlife plant#pink flowers#nectar plant#rabbit resistant#wet sites#specialized bees#foundation planting#pollinator plant#food source fall#food source herbage#food source nectar#food source pollen#mammals#butterfly friendly#butterfly larvae#moth larvae#Piedmont Mountains FACU#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses#audubon#woodlands
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Rhododendron
    Species:
    vaseyi
    Family:
    Ericaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers attract butterflies and bees. Members of the genus Rhododendron support the following specialized bee: Andrena (Andrena) cornelli. Tolerates damage by rabbits.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 5 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 5 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Poisonous
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Deciduous
    Semi-evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Irregular
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    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 Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Elongated capsule slits in the middle. Displays from August to October.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Orange
    Pink
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Funnel
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    1.5- 2.25-inch soft pink flowers with orange freckles in the throat. Appear in clusters before leaves emerge. Blooms from April-May.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Deciduous
    Semi-evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Alternate, simple medium green leaves are 2-5 inches long. Deep burgundy fall color if grown in some sun.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Small groups
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Pollinators
    Small Mammals
    Specialized Bees
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Rabbits
    Problems:
    Poisonous to Humans
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    High
    Poison 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.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Andromedotoxin
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Bark
    Flowers
    Fruits
    Leaves
    Roots
    Seeds
    Stems