ⓘ Rhododendron arborescens

                                     

ⓘ Rhododendron arborescens

Rhododendron arborescens, also known as smooth azalea or sweet azalea, generally blooms in late spring and early summer. They are named sweet azalea after their sweet aroma. The flowers range in color from white to pink with red stamens. Their glossy green leaves can also become deep red to purple in the fall. This plant, indigenous to the United States, is generally found growing near moist areas or streams. The plant prefers growth in acidic soil with a pH of 6.8 or less. It grows best in sandy soils above 3000 feet. Grows to a Height of 8–10 feet.

Their flowers are known to contain poisonous substances and should not be used by wild animals or humans. The effects of consumption of this plant include depression, vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing and the most dangerous coma.