dwarf azalea Ericaceae Rhododendron atlanticum
Leaf:Alternate, simple, deciduous, pinnately veined, 1 to 2 1/2 inches long, elliptical to obovate, dull green above and green below (pubescent on the midvein) with a ciliate margin, petioles very short.
Flower:White (may be tinged with pink), with tube length much longer than petals, to 1 1/2 inch, appearing after the leaves in late spring.
Fruit:An oblong 5-parted woody capsule, to 1 inch long, somewhat pubescent, splits when mature in late summer.
Twig:Slender, brown, somewhat pubescent, single bundle scar; buds occur in clusters at ends of twigs; flower buds are much larger (1/2 inch long).
Bark:Gray-brown and thin, may become scaly.
Form:A loosely branched shrub to 6 feet tall, may produce thickets.