Catawba Rhododendron

“Mountain-rosebay” “Purple-laurel”

Evergreen small tree thicket forming shrub with broad, rounded crown and spectacular displays of large clusters of purplish blossoms.

Height: 20′
Leaves: 3-6″ thick and leathery elliptical, blunt at tip and rounded at base
Flowers are 2 1/4″ wide with bell shaped corolla or 5 rounded lobes.

They grown on rocky slopes and ridges in the understory of mountain forests and in “Heath balls” or “Laurel slicks.”


Rosebay Rhododendron

“Rosebay” “Great-laurel”

Evergreen with short crooked truck, thicket forming broad rounded crown and many crooked branches. The blooms are large and white.

Height: 20′
Leaves: 4-10″ short-pointed at both ends, elliptical, thick and leathery.
Flowers: 1 1/2″ bell-shaped with 5 rounded lobe, waxy white or light pink.

Rosebay Rhododendrons grow densely mostly in the mountains in moist soil and along streams in the understory of mountain forests.