Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1226

Shrub; Tree
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (uncommon in Piedmont)

Look for it on moist slopes, in wet flats, bogs, swamps, north-facing bluffs in Piedmont, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade shade ...Wet ...Moist

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer
Pink/Whitish
Bisexual
Slightly bilaterally symmetrical
5-lobed calyx
5-lobed campanulate corolla
10 included stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Rhododendron maximum   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Rhododendron maximum   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 145-05-001:
Rhododendron maximum   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Rhododendron maximum

 

COMMON NAME:
Rosebay Rhododendron, Great Laurel, White Rosebay, Great Rhododendron


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_rhma4_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / US Forest Service    pnd_rhma4_007_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    s050319_b

March    Greenville County    SC

Jones Gap State Park

Leaf blades leathery, oblong, 4-12" long, bases tapered, tips pointed, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE leaves of Kalmia and Rhododendron species

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JK Marlow    jkm0104a_31

April    Rutherford County    NC

Chimney Rock Park

Flower buds terminal, 1-1.5" long, with many overlapping sticky scales, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm0505h_20

May    Swain County    NC

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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JK Marlow    jkm070526_010

May    Polk County    NC

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JK Marlow    jkm0107g_01

July    Transylvania County    NC

Pisgah National Forest: Pisgah Ranger District

Corolla often has a greenish throat with yellow or orange spots, per Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of the Southeast.

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JK Marlow    jkm0307c_15

July    Rutherford County    NC

Chimney Rock Park

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JK Marlow    jkm060712_009

July    Raleigh County    WV

Grandview State Park

White to pale pink flowers with greenish to yellow-orange spotted throats, per Gardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_r_maximum_4

July    Union County    GA

Lake Winfield Scott

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_r_maximum_s

July        

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Ben Geer Keys    bgk1226_a

July?        

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JK Marlow    jkm0509b_34

September    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

Fruit an elongate, sticky capsule, crowned with the remnants of the style, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm150927_243

September    Henderson County    NC

Bearwallow Mountain

Terminal bud's lowermost bud scales are elongate, leaflike, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm0311b_27

November    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A thicket-forming shrub or small tree, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm0311f_13

November    Rutherford County    NC

Chimney Rock Park

The lower the temperature, the greater the angle of the drooping leaves, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

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JK Marlow    jkm0311f_18

November    Rutherford County    NC

Chimney Rock Park

Largely Appalachian: ME, NY & OH south to GA & AL, primarily in the mountains, per Weakley's Flora.