Rhododendron viscosum (L.) Torr.

Swamp Azalea, Swamp Honeysuckle

Family: Ericaceae

Genus: Rhododendron

Category: Shrub - Deciduous

Zones: 5 to 9

Size: To 8' tall and wide

Exposure: Part Shade


Slightly spicy fragrance. Blooms at the beginning of summer. White, sticky flowers. Leaves alternate, lustrous. Habit loose, open and spreading. Moist to damp soil.


Native from Florida to Maine.

Introduced to cultivation in 1734.

RHS Award of Garden Merit in 2002. Award of Merit in 1921.

Published in Fl. N. Middle United States 1(2): 424 in 1824.

Basionym Azalea viscosa L. - Linnaeus cites Catesby's Natural History Volume I Plate 57.


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