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PlantFiles: Alabama Azalea
Rhododendron alabamense

Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rhododendron (roh-do-DEN-dron) (Info)
Species: alabamense (al-uh-bam-EN-see) (Info)

Synonym:Rhododendron alabamensis

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


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

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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive sladeofsky On Jan 25, 2015, sladeofsky from Louisville, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Hybridizes very freely. To be sure you have one true to type, purchase a shrub in bloom. The good thing about that, however, is it's potential to parent great offsprings, hopefully imparting it's fragrance (the most fragrant azalea) and it's compact growth in your own garden. That's all great, but one of its best attributes is that it can thrive in dry soil! That is a huge pls for me as the only way I've lost azaleas has been due to Summer drought.

Positive coriaceous On Dec 29, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Several of these grow in the landscape at the Arnold Arboretum, Boston (Z6a).

Dirr calls this possibly the most fragrant of the native azaleas, and says that plants in commerce are often not true to name.

Positive killdawabbit On Mar 29, 2012, killdawabbit from Christiana, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

This azalea is blooming now, 3-29-12. (Very mild winter here.) Very nice. I haven't seen this color before in the rhodies I'm growing.
Also takes Tennessee heat well.

Positive chitwoodstock On Apr 28, 2004, chitwoodstock from Camden, AR wrote:

I was lucky enough to see this beautiful plant growing well in a Nature Preserve in Central Louisiana. I thought it smelled like "ananya" with a lemony overtone. Beautiful yellow splash in the center of a white bloom.

Neutral smiln32 On Aug 4, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

The Alabama Azalea flower is typically white with a bright yellow blotch, but is sometimes flushed with pink. The attractive lemon fragrance is most distinctive. It blooms mid to late April on plants growing from three to ten feet in height. (per Lazy K Nursery, Inc.)


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

Kimberly, Alabama
New Market, Alabama
Tampa, Florida
Marietta, Georgia
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Conway, South Carolina
Christiana, Tennessee

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