Piedmont Azalea (Rhododendron canescens) in the Rhododendrons Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 8 feet
Plant Spread: 6-12 feet
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Orange
Pink
White
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Uses: Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Resistances: Rabbit Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Fruit is poisonous
Other: honey made from flowers can be toxic
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Tip
Layering
Other: Tissue Culture
Containers: Not suitable for containers

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April 11, 2015

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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Feb 15, 2013 4:34 PM

The Sweet Pinxter Azalea is a perennial Florida native, attaining heights to 12 feet. Habitat for this beautiful shrub is in the northern range of the state, growing in the dappled shade of moist woodlands, along stream banks and in swamp margins.

Rhododendron canescens bursts into flower in early spring, starting before the leaves emerge. The fragrant, showy flowers are borne in 4 to 8 inch round clusters, with several 2 to 3 inch long pink to pinkish-white flowers. Each flower has five wavy petals forming a tube, and broadly flaring at the mouth. The very long pistils and stamens curve upward, protruding from the tube well out beyond the petals. Fruit of the Sweet Pinxter Azalea is a hairy, reddish-brown cylindrical pod approximately 1/2 to 3/4 inch in length.

Rhododendron canescens ("Sweet Pinxter Azalea") along with Rhododendron austrinum ("Orange Azalea"/"Florida Flame Azalea") are among five Rhododendron species found in Florida and are the two most well known.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Thank you for enjoying the photo and also Dave for the acorns! by Sheridragonfly Apr 20, 2015 8:10 AM 1
What is this? Flowers look like honeysuckle, plant doesn't grow like one. by jpemerson May 8, 2019 8:45 AM 2
Is this wild honeysuckle? by chickhill Apr 11, 2019 11:32 PM 1
What else do we grow in 2018 by hawkarica Jan 1, 2019 8:49 AM 1,225
Let's see what else we are growing in 2017 by Ursula Jan 10, 2018 6:14 PM 1,057
Native Wild Azalea/Rhododendron eastmanii by Sheridragonfly Apr 8, 2015 5:38 PM 2
Favourites just for the scent alone. by Handed Jan 21, 2020 7:50 AM 266

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