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Catawba RhododendronRhododendron catawbiense

  • Northern Red Oak - Quercus rubra

The Catawba rhododendron is one of America’s most beautiful plants. Handsome, leather-like leaves cover the plant year-round, and the flowers provide a vibrant wash of purple in the spring.

Hardiness Zones

The catawba rhododendron can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 4–8. View Map

Tree Type

This shrub is considered both an evergreen shrub and a flowering shrub. It keeps its foliage year-round and blooms in a profusion of spring flowers.

Mature Size

The Catawba rhododendron grows to a height of 6–10' and a spread of 5–8' at maturity.

Growth Speed Slow Growth Rate

This shrub grows at a slow rate, with height increases of less than 12" per year.

Sun Preference

Full sun and partial shade are best for this shrub, meaning it prefers a minimum of 4 hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Soil Preference

The Catawba rhododendron grows in acidic, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, silty loam and well-drained soils.

Attributes

This shrub:
  • Produces large clusters of lilac-purple, sometimes purplish rose, blossoms in the spring.
  • Features glossy, leather-like leaves that are elliptic to oblong and 3–6" long.
  • Keeps its foliage year-round.
  • Grows in a rounded shape.