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Plants of the UNF Campus

Rhododendron canescens - Pink pinxter azalea
Family Ericaceae


About eight hundred fifty species of Rhododendron are found mostly in the North America, Europe, and Asia, with numerous species in New Guinea. Our garden azaleas are among these many species of Rhododendron. Pink pinxter azalea is native to the southeastern United States including northeast Florida. Flowers appear in early spring before the leaves are produced. This azalea is deciduous in winter.


‘Varnadoe’s Pink Phlox’ was selected for its good, pink flower color and foliage that stays healthy throughout summer and fall.



Large shrub to ten feet tall or more.

Care Instructions:

Light: part shade

Water: moist to slightly soggy, not drought tolerant

Soil: acidic, moist

This native shrub grows well in a partly shaded, moist situation.

Rhododendron canescens