Plant Details: Oconee Azalea
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Rhododendron flammeum (speciosum)
Rhododendron flammeum is one of the most drought tolerant of the eastern native azaleas once it is established. It has brilliant orange to red and rarely yellow or pink flowers and blooms April thru May, later than the Piedmont or Florida Azalea. Oconee Azalea is more heat tolerant than species r. calendulaceum or R. cumberlandense and is not offered much in the nursery trade because it is difficult to root so it is mostly grown from seed. When ordering a seed grown species flower color and growth habit will vary. Prefers well-drained shady locations and is truly an outstanding species and deserves a place in anyone's garden. Mature size can be as high 12'High x 10'Wide, but more commonly it peaks at 6-7' High x 6'Wide.
As with all wild species, flower color may vary with seed grown plants. Only selected cultivars that are grown from cuttings will provide consistent color forms.
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