Catawba rhododendron is a large-leaved, evergreen shrub reaching 6 to 10 feet high with large, lilac-purple flowers borne in clusters (trusses) in mid-to late spring. Excellent for shade gardens or in a sheltered site. Requires well-drained, acidic soils. Native to southeastern United States.
This plant has some cultivated varieties. Go to list of cultivars.
- Family (English) Heath
- Family (botanic) Ericaceae
- Tree or plant type Shrub
- Native locale North America
- Size range Large shrub (more than 8 feet)
- Light exposure Full shade (4 hrs or less of light daily), Partial sun / shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Hardiness zones Zone 4, Zone 5 (Chicago), Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
- Soil preference Acid soil, Moist, well-drained soil
- Tolerances Dry sites
- Season of interest early summer, early winter, late spring, late winter, midwinter
- Flower color and fragrance Pink, White
- Shape or form Irregular, Mounded, Open, Round
- Growth rate Slow