- Common Name(s):
- Royal azalea
- Poisonous Plants, Shrubs
Woody evergreen to deciduous shrub in the Ericaceae family. Beautiful showy, fragrant flowers appear in the mid spring April-May.
Wildlife Value: Flowers attract butterflies. Members of the genus Rhododendron support the following specialized bee: Andrena (Andrena) cornelli. This plant tolerates browsing by rabbits.
Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: Rhododendrons are susceptible many insect predators and diseases. Potenial insect problems include aphids, borers, galls, lacebugs, scale, leafhoppers, mealy bugs, thrips, whiteflies and mites and disease problems include powdery mildew, blights, root rots, and leaf spots. A well-maintained healthy plant in the proper environment should have limited problems, however. Tolerates a fair amount of sun in cool northern summers, but leaves may scorch in hot afternoon sun. This plant is frequently damaged by deer.
- 6-8 ft.
- Alternate, simple dark green leaves; 2 to 5.5 in. long; appears whorled
- 2.2 to 3 in. flowers in early summer; pale to rose pink; fragrant; open as leaves emerge
- 4 to 6
- Sun to partial shade; moist, well-drained acidic, humusy, organically rich, soil. Prefers a sun dappled or high open shade.
- Upright rounded shrub
- China, Japan, Korea
- Poison Part:
- All parts.
- Poison Delivery Mode:
- 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:
- HIGHLY TOXIC, MAY BE FATAL IF EATEN!
- Found in:
- Houseplant or interiorscape; landscape as cultivated woody shrub; forest or natural area.
- 6-8 ft.
NCCES plant id: 1752