Rhododendron austrinum

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Orange Azalea, Florida Azalea


Plant Specifics

Size:3-10 ft tall by 3-8 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Orange
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Deciduous. Blooms spring. Life span likely less than 50 years (Nelson 2003).
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Specimen plant. Can form large patches if allowed to do so.
Considerations:Poisonous if ingested.
Availability:Big box stores, Friends, Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Quality nurseries, Seed, Specialty providers
Light: Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Loam, Sand
Soil pH:Highly acidic to acidic



Attracts hummingbirds.


Attracts pollinators, especially bees.

Native Habitats:Slope forest, upland mixed forest, upland hardwood forest, bottomland forest. Rare.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures