Rhododendron catawbiense
Catawba Rhododendron

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Catawba Rhododendron
Rhododendron catawbiense

Glossy, dark green foliage stays attractive all year and provides shelter and nesting for birds and other wildlife. Prized for the spectacular showing of lavender pink flowers in spring. The blossoms are an important nectar source for butterflies, bees and other beneficial insects. One of the hardiest native rhododendrons, thriving as far north as New England. Great addition to woodland gardens and naturalized areas. 

Beautiful evergreen foliage all year long
Large clusters of pink to lavender blooms in springtime
Attracts bees and other beneficial insects
Provides shelter and nesting for birds and other wildlife
Perfect for naturalized and woodland gardens
Very cold hardy

Native Range

Native to southern Appalachian mountains from Virginia through Georgia.

Interesting Facts

A colony of bees consists of 20,000-60,000 honeybees and one queen. Worker honey bees are female, live for about 6 weeks and do all the work.


Ideally, rhododendrons like morning sun and filtered shade during the hottest part of the day. They can tolerate more sun if moisture is available. They prefer evenly moist yet well-drained soil, making them perfect for a woodland slope where the water would drain well. Rhododendrons and azaleas need slightly acidic soil that is rich in organic matter. Mulching helps keep the soil cool and moist. Prune after flowering if needed. 

Mature Size: 6-10ft. Tall x 8-10ft. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 4-8

Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Full Shade

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