Rhododendron catawbiense
Catawba Rhododendron

 Plant Type:
 Deciduous / Evergreen:
Purple (Lilac to pink 2.5" dia. flowers with yellow or green spots in the throat; in 5-6" dia. umbel-like racemes, appearing in late May)
Green (Dark glossy green leaves, more whitish glabrous beneath; evergreen)
Brown (Capsules that are not ornamentally important)
 Ultimate Height:
6-10 feet
 Ultimate Spread:
5-8 feet
Requires moist, cool, acidic, well drained, organic soil; avoid harsh, dry, windswept sites
Virginia to Georgia
 Diagnostic Characteristics:
Alternate, simple, thick, dark green 3-5" long and 1-2" wide leaves are whitish glabrous beneath. Somewhat cupped. The petiole is 1/2-1 1/4" long.

Additional Information

The Catawba Rhododendron is considered to be one of the hardiest rhododendron species. Beautiful plant when it is used in mass. Flower color of the species does not combine well with some other flower colors. Flower color bleaches out in high pH. Subject to winter burning of foliage in exposed sites near the limits of its range. Both flowers and foliage are of equal value in the landscape. Cultivars are usually less hardy than species. Susceptible to a large number of pests and diseases, which can largely be prevented by good cultural practices.

When Rhododendron catawbiense has been observed flowering or fruiting at Purdue University





1 Rhododendron catawbiense found

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