Flame Azalea (Rhododendron calendulaceum)

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Flame Azalea (Rhododendron calendulaceum)

Flame Azalea is a common deciduous large shrub of the Mountains and adjacent Piedmont with flame-colored flowers. (The large tree at left is Northern Red Oak.)

Carroll Co., VA 5/10/09.

Flame Azalea (Rhododendron calendulaceum)

The flowers are very showy and range in color from yellow to deep orange.

Carroll Co., VA 5/16/10.

Flame Azalea (Rhododendron calendulaceum)

Carroll Co., VA 5/16/10.

Flame Azalea (Rhododendron calendulaceum)

Carroll Co., VA 5/10/09.

Flame Azalea (Rhododendron calendulaceum)

Carroll Co., VA 5/10/09.

Flame Azalea (Rhododendron calendulaceum)

Carroll Co., VA 5/10/09.

Flame Azalea (Rhododendron calendulaceum)

Carroll Co., VA 5/10/09.

Flame Azalea (Rhododendron calendulaceum)

The unopened flowers look like little flames.

Carroll Co., VA 5/10/09.

Flame Azalea (Rhododendron calendulaceum)

The simple, finely toothed leaves are clustered at the ends of branches.

Carroll Co., VA 5/10/09.

Flame Azalea (Rhododendron calendulaceum)

Carroll Co., VA 5/22/2011.

Flame Azalea (Rhododendron calendulaceum)

Haywood Co., NC 5/9/08.

Flame Azalea (Rhododendron calendulaceum)

Alleghany Co., NC 5/29/05.

Flame Azalea (Rhododendron calendulaceum)

Flame-shaped reddish-orange flower buds.

Alleghany Co., NC 5/29/05.

Flame Azalea (Rhododendron calendulaceum)

Developing fruits.

Carroll Co., VA 7/14/07.

Flame Azalea (Rhododendron calendulaceum)

Carroll Co., VA 7/14/07.

Flame Azalea (Rhododendron calendulaceum)

The leaves are canescent, covered with hoary-gray hairs.

Carroll Co., VA 7/14/07.

Flame Azalea (Rhododendron calendulaceum)

The stems are also canescent.

Carroll Co., VA 7/14/07.

Flame Azalea (Rhododendron calendulaceum)

Bark detail.

Alleghany Co., NC 5/29/05.

Flame Azalea (Rhododendron calendulaceum)

Carroll Co., VA 7/14/07.

More information:
Bioimages
USDA PLANTS database
Rosebay.org

Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of North Carolina

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