Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database

Rhododendron occidentale (Western Azalea)


 Plantae Plants


 Tracheobionta Vascular plants


 Spermatophyta Seed plants


 Magnoliophyta Flowering plants


 Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons






 Ericaceae Heath family


 Rhododendron L. rhododendron


 Rhododendron occidentale (Torr. & A. Gray) A. Gray western azalea

One of the most stunning, native flowering shrubs in the Pacific northwest, the Western Azalea is deciduous and grows in an open form with multiple stems to 10.'

Showy, fragrant white to pink flower clusters open in June through July. They are reminiscent of day lilies and emit a wonderful fragrance that travels for a considerable distance.

Western Azalea is native only to southern Oregon and northern California but is hardy between USDA 5-10.

It thrives in a consistently moist, acidic soil in sun or shade.

Photos below by Professor Wilbur Bluhm.

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