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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Ericales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (4/24/22):
Rhododendron arborescens   FAMILY Ericaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Rhododendron arborescens   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Rhododendron arborescens

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 145-05-012:
Rhododendron arborescens   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Azalea arborescens

 

COMMON NAME:
Sweet Azalea, Smooth Azalea


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_azar_001_lvd

        

image of Rhododendron arborescens, Sweet Azalea, Smooth Azalea

JK Marlow    jkm0406g_33

June    Macon County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Wayah Bald

SC's only azalea with white-pink flowers and hairless stems and leaves, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

image of Rhododendron arborescens, Sweet Azalea, Smooth Azalea

JK Marlow    jkm0406i_03

June    Macon County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Wayah Bald

image of Rhododendron arborescens, Sweet Azalea, Smooth Azalea

JK Marlow    jkm0406i_03b

June    Macon County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Wayah Bald

Flowers typically have red pistils and filaments, and are fragrant, per American Azaleas.

image of Rhododendron arborescens, Sweet Azalea, Smooth Azalea

JK Marlow    jkm220605_8268

June    Greenville County    SC

Chandler Heritage Preserve

image of Rhododendron arborescens, Sweet Azalea, Smooth Azalea

JK Marlow    jkm220607_8342

June    Greenville County    SC

Bald Rock Heritage Preserve

image of Rhododendron arborescens, Sweet Azalea, Smooth Azalea

JK Marlow    jkm220607_8342b

June    Greenville County    SC

Bald Rock Heritage Preserve

Sepals 1.5-5mm long, per Weakley's Flora (2022).

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (4/24/22):
Rhododendron arborescens   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Rhododendron arborescens   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Rhododendron arborescens

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 145-05-012:
Rhododendron arborescens   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Azalea arborescens

 

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1217

Shrub
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Common in Mountains, uncommon in Piedmont, rare in Coastal Plain

Habitat: Rocky riversides, wooded stream banks, swamps, high elevation forests, shrub balds, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White (rarely pink)
Bisexual
Slightly bilaterally symmetrical
5-lobed calyx
5-lobed funnelform corolla
5 stamens, noticeably shorter than pistil
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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