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Rhododendron austrinum

Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rhododendron (roh-do-DEN-dron) (Info)
Species: austrinum (oss-TRY-num) (Info)

Synonym:Azalea austrina

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 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:
Light Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are fragrant

Patent Information:

Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral esteve59 On Nov 24, 2011, esteve59 from Annapolis, MD wrote:

I planted this 3 years ago in shade with only very late day sun and it has not bloomed yet....
I will move to a spot with more sun and check back...

Positive sladeofsky On Sep 28, 2008, sladeofsky from Louisville, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

This species has the rare destinction within its genus of being drought tolerant.

Neutral Cordeledawg On Apr 12, 2008, Cordeledawg from Cordele, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I recently purchased R. austrimum 'Firecracker' with buds. It blooms before most of the leaves appear.

Positive kabloom On May 30, 2003, kabloom from Alpharetta, GA (Zone 7a) wrote:

This azalea is native and is not nearly as fussy as my other azaleas have been. Has doubled in size in 6 months.


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

Atmore, Alabama
Auburn, Alabama
Opelika, Alabama
East Haddam, Connecticut
Orlando, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Trenton, Florida
Valparaiso, Florida
Alpharetta, Georgia
Atlanta, Georgia
Cordele, Georgia
Dallas, Georgia
Norcross, Georgia
Suwanee, Georgia
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Central, South Carolina
Conway, South Carolina
Houston, Texas

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