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Rhododendron arborescens

This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
Common Name(s):
Smooth azalea, Sweet azalea
Cultivar(s):
Georgiana , Hot Ginger , Dynamite
Categories:
Native Plants, Poisonous Plants, Shrubs
Comment:

Seedlings plant sometimes have pink or yellow flowers; bright orange to crimson fall foliage; fast growing; spreads by underground runners. 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:
3-6 ft.
Foliage:
Lustrous dark green leaves; bright orange or crimson fall color
Flower:
White to light pink fragrant flowers often with pinkish to red stamens in late spring (after new leaves have fully expanded); may bloom sporadically all summer; strong fragrance
Zones:
4 to 7
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun to partial shade; moist, well-drained soil
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Erect habit; loosely branched
Exposure:
Sun to partial shade; moist, well drained soil
Fruit:
White to light pink fragrant flowers often with red stamens in late spring (after new leaves have fully expanded); may bloom spo
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: 527

Rhododendron arborescens Rhododendron arborescens
Fritz Flohr Reynolds, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Rhododendron arborescens Rhododendron arborescens
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Rhododendron arborescens Rhododendron arborescens
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