White-flowered Wild Azalea
Piedmont Azalea - Mountain Azalea - Honeysuckle Azalea
Rhododendron canescens
Ericaceae (Heath) Family

Plant is an upright shrub, 8-10 feet tall with a trunk diameter of two to four inches. Preferred habitat is stream banks, flood plains, thickets and rich woods. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region..

Leaves are alternate; one part; short stalk; lance-like; no teeth and no lobes; with base forming an angle to the left; tapering and pinched.

Flowers are in a cluster at the end of a branch; odorless, about one inch across and usually appear on the shrub before the leaf; bisexual; divided into two parts. Calyx is five lobed, corolla is five parts; nearly funne- shaped; pink or white (white flowered often having a yellow spot in the throat). Five to ten stamens that extend well beyond the corolla. Flowers occur in the spring.

Fruit is a capsule.

The Latin applied to this shrub is often a mixed bag as it describes any wild azalea whose flower appears before the leaf emerges. However, the adjective “canescens” is best suited because it implies a southern habitat.

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