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Florida pinxter

Rhododendron canescens

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This narrow deciduous azalea bears fragrant, funnel-shaped, white, pink, or deep rose flowers. It grows to 15 feet tall and 5 to 6 feet wide. Mid-green leaves are densely hairy beneath.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsNative to Texas, Tennessee, and from North Carolina to north Florida.

CareGrow in moist, fertile, humus-rich acidic soil (pH 4.5-5.5) in dappled shade. Plant shallow, as plants are surface rooted and like a mulch covering.

PropagationRoot semi-ripe cuttings in late summer or autumn. Layer in autumn.

ProblemsVine weevil, whitefly, leafhoppers, lacebugs, scale, caterpillars, aphids. Powdery mildew, rust, bud blast, leaf gall, petal blight, root rot, and chlorosis (due to insufficient soil acid).

  • Genus : Rhododendron
  • Plant Height : 15 to 30 feet
  • Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
  • Zones : 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Flower Color : Pink, White
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Bloom Time : Spring
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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