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Piedmont Azalea, Hoary Azalea
Rhododendron canescens


Piedmont azalea is adapted only to the eastern part of Texas, and grows there natively near bogs and seepage areas on the edges of wooded streams in pinewood flats. It ranges through the sandy acid pinelands into Arkansas, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina. Its lightly-branched, loose open shape imparts a wild woodsy beauty to the landscape, enhanced by its airy and graceful floral display. Its usually pale pink, slightly fragrant blossoms grow in whorl-like clusters, before or simultaneously with new leaves. Piedmont azalea was introduced into cultivation in 1730 and consequently a number of selections have been made with a large variation in flower color, from white to deep rose pink. In addition, it hybridizes readily with other azalea species. This stoloniferous plant requires evenly moist, well drained soil.

Plant Habit or Use: medium shrub

Exposure: shade

Flower Color: pink, rarely white

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: capsule

Height: 8 feet

Width: 6 feet

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: acid

USDA Hardiness Zone: 5

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