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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 nudiflora var. canescens
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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:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors 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

Eastman, Georgia

Loganville, Georgia

Monroe, Georgia

Tifton, Georgia

Warner Robins, Georgia

Provencal, Louisiana

Valley Lee, Maryland

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

Wellfleet, Massachusetts

Jackson, Mississippi

Saucier, Mississippi

Sturgis, Mississippi

Brooklyn, New York

Burlington, North Carolina

Durham, North Carolina

Gastonia, North Carolina

Havelock, North Carolina

Hendersonville, North Carolina

Indian Trail, North Carolina

Conway, South Carolina

Laurens, South Carolina

Manning, South Carolina

Rock Hill, South Carolina

Sumter, South Carolina

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Lafayette, Tennessee

Nacogdoches, Texas

Port Arthur, Texas

Buchanan, Virginia

Dillwyn, Virginia

Suffolk, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 9, 2021, MsAndry from Lansing, MI wrote:

One of the very few azaleas that is tolerant of juglone. At least, one of the very few that is documented to be tolerant; my Boule de Neige rhodo has thrived so far at a distance many of his cousins before him could not survive


On Dec 20, 2018, thequietearth from Hemby Bridge, NC wrote:

I have had this plant in the ground since 1998 and it has been a reliable grower and it is always covered in flowers.
I unfortunately lost it this past summer in a severe drought an very hot summer. 20 years was good for this plant and I'm going to plant another one in its place. I had a R. florida do the same thing and it ended up growing back from the base. Its doing well now and flowering again.


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 more 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.


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.


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.


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.


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!!


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.


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.


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.