Rhododendron Swamp Azalea

Trade Gallon (3qt)
Item #27998
Buy 3+ at $30.95 ea.


Strong Clove Fragrance | Beautiful Fall Color

Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society

One of 17 species of azalea native to the U.S., endemic to swamps, bogs, stream margins and wet lowlands from Maine to Ohio south to Florida and Alabama, this native wetland shrub (commonly known as swamp azalea) is sometimes called the clammy azalea for its very sticky corolla. The species name, viscosum, means sticky in Latin.

This is one of the last native azaleas to bloom. But in spring to early summer, it blooms profusely, after the leaves expand. Its clusters of 3 to 12 funnel-shaped white to blushing pink flowers have long, slender tubes at the base, 5 extended stamens, and a strong clove-like fragrance, attracting bees and birds.

A deciduous woody shrub, the plant is bushy with a loose, upright habit. It prefers acidic, humusy, well-drained soil, but tolerates wet soil, even poor drainage and periodic flooding, and grows up to 12 feet in width but averages only about 5 feet in height. Lustrous narrow leaves cluster at branch ends. They are green on both sides in summer, dark green above and pale below, and turn brilliant shades of yellow, orange, and maroon in fall.

Uses: Wetlands, Constant Moisture Issues, Stream and Riverbanks, Hedges, Mass Plantings


Skip Product Specs
Genus Rhododendron
Species viscosum
Item Form Trade Gallon (3qt)
Zone 4 - 9
Bloom Start To End Late Spring - Late Summer
Habit Upright
Plant Height 5 ft
Plant Width 12 ft
Additional Characteristics Bird Lovers, Butterfly Lovers
Bloom Color Light Pink, White
Foliage Color Medium Green
Light Requirements Part Shade
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained, Wet
Resistance Cold Hardy
Uses Border, Hedge
Restrictions *Due to state restrictions we cannot ship to the following:
Puerto Rico, Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Virgin Islands

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