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The rhododendron is an evergreen plant with large, lush pinkish purple blossoms in the spring.

Latin Name

Rhododenron catawbiense 'Roseum Elegans'



Also Known As

Catawba Rosebay Mountain Rosebay Purple Rhododendron Rosebay

Type of Plant

Shrubs Shrubs

Bloom Season

May - June


Spring Spring
Winter Winter


Max height Max Height: 8'
Max spread Max Spread: 8'


  • Hedge
  • Flower Border
  • Naturalize

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Part Shade Part Shade


    Do not ingest Do not ingest
    Harmful to pets Harmful to pets


    Native Range

    Eastern United States


    George Washington received rhododendron plants from William Hamilton in March of 1792.

    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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