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Rhododendron canescens

Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rhododendron (roh-do-DEN-dron) (Info)
Species: canescens (kan-ESS-kens) (Info)

Synonym:Azalea canescens
Synonym:Azalea candida
Synonym:Azalea canescens var. sublgabra
Synonym:Rhododendron candidum
Synonym:Rhododendron canescens var. candidum

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10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Flowers are fragrant

Patent Information:

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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7 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous On Mar 27, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Lovely in bloom, strongly and sweetly fragrant. There are forms with pure white flowers as well as the usual range of pinks.

I appreciate the looser, less formal habit than that of the evergreen Asian azaleas. This species is stoloniferous and can slowly spread into large colonies.

This is hardy in Z5.

Requires well drained acid soil and regular moisture. Shallow rooted.

This is the commonest azalea native to the southeast, ranging from North Carolina and Tennessee to north Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and Texas.

Positive _emily_rose On Apr 2, 2014, _emily_rose from Chattanooga , TN (Zone 7b) wrote:

I have several of these growing in the woods near my pond. The colors range from almost white-pink, to pink. I love the colors and how loose and free they appear vs the common landscape azaleas. There were more on the property, but an entire group was taken out when tornado debris was cleared years ago. I am going to try and root more from cuttings this year. I enjoy the spring color in the woods.

Positive alkinley On Apr 9, 2011, alkinley from Gastonia, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Just discovered that we have one at least one of these growing wild in the woods at our home, near Gastonia, NC.

Positive DCinSC On Mar 30, 2011, DCinSC from Manning, SC wrote:

This plant grows wild in my back woods, which is usually very damp. This is in the most southern area of Sumter County, SC. It has survived well even with some droughts we have experienced over the years. The butterflies love this plant.

Positive justatweetygirl On Mar 30, 2008, justatweetygirl from Provencal, LA wrote:

I like to know how I can "root" this?? It grows all around the area where I live (central Louisiana), I want to try to get it growing on my property! Can anyone tell me how to go about doing this/!! Thanks so much!!

Neutral speckledpig On Apr 6, 2007, speckledpig from Satsuma, AL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I was up on my family's property in Clarke County, Alabama last weekend to mark property lines. I found some of this growing along the old road and down by a creek.

This was in full bloom and was marvelous. I took a cutting home; we'll see how it does. I'll post a picture.

Positive raisedbedbob On Feb 1, 2006, raisedbedbob from Walkerton, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plant is native to this area, but it's not common. I see it growing along the edges of deciduous woods. I'd love to get permission to transplant one to my woods.

Positive violabird On Mar 7, 2005, violabird from Barnesville, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have several types of these 'wild azaleas' growing along the streambeds and ravines in my woods. Once established, I do believe they are hardier or more drought resistant than noted. Blooming in late March early April, there are one of the first foods for the hummingbirds. They fill the air with their beautiful soft fragrance.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Auburn, Alabama
Birmingham, Alabama
Coffeeville, Alabama
Holly Pond, Alabama
New Market, Alabama
Toney, Alabama
Vincent, Alabama
Klamath River, California
Wilmington, Delaware
Apopka, Florida
Fernandina Beach, Florida
Gainesville, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Keystone Heights, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Trenton, Florida (2 reports)
Atlanta, Georgia
Barnesville, Georgia
Dallas, Georgia
Loganville, Georgia
Monroe, Georgia
Tifton, Georgia
Warner Robins, Georgia
Provencal, Louisiana
Valley Lee, Maryland
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
Wellfleet, Massachusetts
Saucier, Mississippi
Sturgis, Mississippi
Brooklyn, New York
Burlington, North Carolina
Durham, North Carolina
Gastonia, North Carolina
Havelock, North Carolina
Hendersonville, North Carolina
Conway, South Carolina
Laurens, South Carolina
Manning, South Carolina
Sumter, South Carolina
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Lafayette, Tennessee
Nacogdoches, Texas
Port Arthur, Texas
Buchanan, Virginia
Dillwyn, Virginia
Suffolk, Virginia

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