This plant has high
severity poison characteristics.
azalea, is a compact, loosely-branched, stoloniferous, suckering, deciduous
shrub in the Ericaceae (blueberry family).. Typically it matures to 2 to 3
feet tall and as wide, but infrequently rises to as much as 6 feet tall.
Plants which mature to 1 to 2 feet tall are often commonly called dwarf
azalea in recognition of their small size. It is a woody, evergreen or
deciduous shrub that spreads by underground stolons.
azalea is native to coastal plain areas from New Jersey and Pennsylvania south
prefer full sun to partial shade, consistent moisture, and
well-drained soil, they don’t like “wet feet” which leads to root
rot. Mulching the soil with needles, bark, or compost will help it stay
moist and manage a consistant soil temperature. Place plants where they
can be protected from strong winter winds and frosts as leaves can burn and
flowers can be damaged.
species is often used in azalea breeding programs because of its potent flower
Risk: This plant has a medium
Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: Rhododendrons are
susceptible to insect and disease problems. Diseases include
canker, crown rot, root rot, leaf spot, rust, and powdery mildew. Full
sun can scorch the leaves and the roots rot if the soil does not drain
well. This plant is frequently damaged by deer.
TOXIC, MAY BE FATAL IF EATEN!
suitable alternatives, see this video created by Charlotte Glen as part of the Plants, Pests, and
Created by Elizabeth Meyer for "Trees, Shrubs and Conifers" a plant
identification course offered in partnership with Longwood
More information on Rhododendron.