Rhododendron carolinianum pink/purple (Carolina Rhododendron) is a species of flowering evergreen shrub native to the southeastern United States. It belongs to the Ericaceae family, which includes various rhododendron and azalea species.
Carolina Rhododendron typically grows as a small to medium-sized shrub, reaching heights of 4 to 8 feet (1.2 to 2.4 meters). It has dark green, leathery leaves that are elliptical or lanceolate in shape. The foliage provides year-round interest and remains on the plant throughout the winter.
In late spring to early summer, Carolina Rhododendron produces clusters of bell-shaped flowers. The blooms vary in color, ranging from shades of pink to lavender. The flowers add vibrant splashes of color to the landscape and attract pollinators like bees and butterflies.
Carolina Rhododendron prefers acidic soil that is well-drained and rich in organic matter. It thrives in partially shaded areas or dappled sunlight. Regular watering and mulching are beneficial for maintaining soil moisture and creating favorable growing conditions.
This species is commonly used in woodland gardens, shaded borders, or as an accent plant. It pairs well with other acid-loving plants, such as azaleas and ferns, creating a harmonious and naturalistic planting scheme.
Please note that while Carolina Rhododendron is generally described with pink to lavender flowers, variations in flower color can occur within the species due to natural genetic diversity. If you have specific information or observations about the Carolina Rhododendron plants you are referring to, it may provide additional insights into the unique characteristics of those particular specimens.
Botanical Name : Rhododendron carolinianum pink/purple
Common Name : Carolina Rhododendron
Height : 3-6 ft
Spread : 3-6 ft
Germination Info : Sow under glass
Hardiness zone : 4-8
Average seed per ounce : Approx. 425,000