Virginia Tech Dendrology

bog rosemary Ericaceae Andromeda polifolia L. Listen to the Latin symbol: ANPO
Leaf: Alternate, simple, evergreen, narrowly lanceolate with distinctly rolled edges, 1 to 2 inches long, leathery, entire, dull dark green to blue-green above, nearly white below, point distinctly upwards.
Flower: Small (1/4 inch) white to pink urn-shaped flowers in small bunches hanging from short stems near the ends of twigs, appearing in late spring.
Fruit: Small (1/4 inch) round capsule, initially pale green to pink, later dry and brown.
Twig: Slender, pale green turning brown; buds small, ovate, nearly white.
Bark: Reddish brown, may become finely shreddy.
Form: Small, spreading shrub (up to 24 inches tall), few branches, stems typically leaning.
Looks like: Labrador tea - bog laurel
leaf flower fruit twig bark form1 map
Additional Range Information: Andromeda polifolia is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting bog rosemary.
External Links: USDAFS Additional Silvics - USDA Plants Database
All material © 2017 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson