false azalea Ericaceae Menziesia ferruginea Sm. Listen to the Latin symbol: MEFE Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Alternate, simple, deciduous, pinnately veined, obovate to elliptical, 1 1/2 to 4 inches long, dark green above and paler below, with a finely serrate or entire margin, sticky, malodorous when crushed.
Flower: Urn-shaped, 1/4 inch, yellow to orange-pink and often described as rust-colored (hence ferruginea), borne in few-flowered clusters appearing May to July.
Fruit: An oblong woody capsule, glabrous, 1/4 inch long, splits into 4 segments when mature, mid to late summer.
Twig: Slender, reddish brown, somewhat pubescent, buds occur in clusters at ends of twigs, sticky.
Bark: Red-brown to gray-brown, thin, becomes scaly.
Form: Upright shrub that may reach 10 feet tall. Twigs often appear in whorls from central stem.

Looks like: big huckleberry - western azalea
leaf flower fruit twig bark form1 map
Additional Range Information:
Menziesia ferruginea is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting false azalea.
External Links:
USDAFS Additional Silvics
USDA Plants Database
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