Florida azalea Ericaceae Rhododendron austrinum
Leaf:Alternate, simple, deciduous, pinnately veined, obovate to elliptical, 1 to 3 1/2 inches long, dull green above, with a ciliate margin.
Flower:Showy, bright orange to yellow and may be tinged with red, fragrant, up to 1 1/2 inches across, with long flower tubes, sticky glandular hairs present, appearing before the leaves.
Fruit:An oblong woody capsule, 1/3 to 1/2 inch long, splits into 5 segments when mature in late summer.
Twig:Slender, reddish brown, initially hairy, single bundle scar, buds occur in clusters at ends of twigs; flower buds are much larger (1/2 long) than vegetative buds.
Bark:Red-brown to gray-brown, thin, may become finely shreddy.
Form:Upright shrub that may reach 10 feet tall. Twigs often appear in whorls from central stem.