Summer Azalea - Hammocksweet Azalea
Rhododendron serrulatum - (Small) Millais
Ericaceae (Heath) Family

Plant is an upright perennial shrub. Preferred habitat is swampy pine woods and stream banks. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are alternate on the stem; consisting of one whole part; short stalked, widest at the middle to oblong with margins toothed and leaf base is wedge-shaped.

Flowers are a cluster at the end of a stem; bisexual in nature; symmetrical in form; divided into two parts to nearly whole. Calyx is five lobed; corolla is nearly funnel-shaped; white but occasionally marked with pink. Five to ten stamens that extend beyond the corolla. Flowering occurs in the summer.

Fruit is a capsule.

The question has been asked if it were possible we have a mutation or cross between Japanese Honeysuckle and wild azalea. The answer is NO, it is not possible, because the chromosome numbers are different. Summer Azalea is rare in this range and should be given all protection. It doesn't take well to transplantation as it requires an almost exact duplicate of the original surroundings, so it is far better to leave it in place so others may enjoy it as well. As for the question of mutation, keep in mind that Japanese Honeysuckle is a vine while Summer Azalea is a low shrub.

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