Rhododendron austrinum

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 

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


Recommended Uses:Specimen plant. Can form large patches if allowed to do so.
Light: Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely 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 Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil/Substrate:Loam, Sand



Attracts hummingbirds.

Attracts pollinators, especially bees.