Rhododendron minus var. chapmanii

Chapman's Rhododendron

Ericaceae

Plant Specifics

Form:Shrub
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Pink
Fruit Color:NA
Phenology:Deciduous
Noted for:Showy flowers

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:Specimen plant. Screen plant. Can be grown in a mass under trees.
Propagation:Cuttings, or divisions. Apparently seed is not a major form of reproduction.
Availability:Native nurseries
Light: Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Short very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Short very dry periods
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:Acidic

Ecology

Wildlife:
 

Attracts pollinators, including hummingbirds.

Insects:
 

Attracts insects.  Apparently important to bumble bees.

Native Habitats:Mesic flatwoods, scrubby flatwoods, seep slope. Ecotone between flatwoods and edges of titi swamps.

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

Comments

General Comments:
  • There a a few plants on an air force base in Clay County, but very close to a walkway and road leading to the suspicion that they were planted there long ago.
  • The populations in the panhandle are clearly native.
  • Endemic to Florida
  • Listed as Endangered by the USFWS and FL