dwarf azalea Ericaceae Rhododendron
atlanticum (Ashe) Rehder
|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.
Looks like: pink azalea
- swamp azalea
| Additional Range Information:
Rhododendron atlanticum is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting dwarf azalea.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson