Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database


Rhododendron occidentale (Western Azalea)

Kingdom

 Plantae Plants

Subkingdom

 Tracheobionta Vascular plants

Superdivision

 Spermatophyta Seed plants

Division

 Magnoliophyta Flowering plants

Class

 Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons

Subclass

 Dilleniidae

Order

 Ericales

Family

 Ericaceae Heath family

Genus

 Rhododendron L. rhododendron

Species

 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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