Rhododendron occidentale

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Species Name: Rhododendron occidentale
Common Name: Western Azalea

Light green leaves. Sweetly fragrant flowers. Needs moisture and acid soils. Shallow-rooted.

Plant Family: Ericaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 10' H x 5' W
Growth Habit: Dense shrub
Deciduous/Evergreen: Winter deciduous
Growth Rate: Slow to Moderate
Sun Exposure: Part sun to shade
Soil Preference: Well-draining, acidic
Water Requirements: Regular
Cold Hardy to: 6600'
Flower Season: Spring/Summer
Flower Color: White to Pink
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: North Coast, Klamath Range, Outer North Coast Range, Inner North Coast Range, High Cascade Range, High Sierra Nevada, Central Coast, San Francisco Bay area, High Sierra Nevada,
Natural Habitat: Streambanks, Seeps, coniferous forests below 6600'

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Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.