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Evergreen small tree thicket forming shrub with broad, rounded crown and spectacular displays of large clusters of purplish blossoms.
Leaves: 3-6″ thick and leathery elliptical, blunt at tip and rounded at base
Flowers are 2 1/4″ wide with bell shaped corolla or 5 rounded lobes.
They grown on rocky slopes and ridges in the understory of mountain forests and in “Heath balls” or “Laurel slicks.”
Evergreen with short crooked truck, thicket forming broad rounded crown and many crooked branches. The blooms are large and white.
Leaves: 4-10″ short-pointed at both ends, elliptical, thick and leathery.
Flowers: 1 1/2″ bell-shaped with 5 rounded lobe, waxy white or light pink.
Rosebay Rhododendrons grow densely mostly in the mountains in moist soil and along streams in the understory of mountain forests.