Florida pinxter

Rhododendron canescens

Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of Sunlight Gardens, www.sunlightgardens.com
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Florida pinxter (Rhododendron canescens)
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Genus:  Rhododendron
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 Characteristics:  Native to Texas, Tennessee, and from North Carolina to north Florida.
Care:  Grow 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.
Propagation:  Root semi-ripe cuttings in late summer or autumn. Layer in autumn.
Problems:  Vine 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).

Overview

Height
15 ft. to 30 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Characteristics
Fragrant Flowers,
Native,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Spring
Flower Color
Pink Yarrow,
White
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Shrubs

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