Rhododendron minus Michx.

Piedmont Rhododendron, Piedmont Azalea, Dwarf Rhododendron

Family: Ericaceae

Genus: Rhododendron

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 5 to 8 (deciduous to zone 6)

Size: 3 to 6' tall

Exposure: Part Shade, Shade


Pink flowers in late spring. Glossy leathery leaves.

From Bot. Repos. (Rhododendron punctatum) This species is by far the most delicate of any yet discovered on that continent; grows to the height of three, or four feet, and of sufficient hardiness to resist our winters in the open ground; a slight protection insures its flowering, as our late frosts are apt to injure the buds, which are very often without that assistance destroyed. The best method of propagating this shrub is by layers, which should be taken off in autumn, and protected the first winter. It flowers about the month of July...

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Published in J. Hist. Nat. in 1792.

ARS-GRIN shows it as the accepted name with Rhododendron punctatum Andrews as a synonym but PlantList shows the name as unresolved.

Native to the Carolinas, Tennessee and Georgia.

From Bot. Repos. (Rhododendron punctatum) It is to the industrious researches of J. Frasier, nurseryman, of the King's Road, Chelsea, we are indebted for this charming species of Rhododendron, who introduced it in the year 1792 from the back settlements of Carolina, North America, where it is native.


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