Rhododendron catawbiense

Rhododendron catawbiense - Catawba Rhododendron
Common name: Catawba Rhododendron
Family: Ericaceae (Heath)
Distribution: Southern Appalachian Mountains
Hardiness: USDA Zone 4
Life form: Evergreen shrub
Usage: Ornamental
Comments: In 1799, the plant collector John Fraser discovered Catawba Rhododendron growing in the Great Smoky Mountains on a summit "which commands a view of five states." Fraser and his son brought plants back to Britain in 1809 where it soon became a valuable Rhododendron for breeding with species from Russia and the Himalayas.


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