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Texas Honeysuckle, Early Azalea, Rose Shell Azalea
Rhododendron prinophyllum (R. roseum)


Moist areas near streams and bogs in Southeast Texas having sandy or light soil is the preferred habitat for Texas honeysuckle. It is very wide-ranging, from Missouri to Florida to Maine and into Quebec. This much-branched shrub has a spread comparable to its 9 foot height. Texas honeysuckle's very fragrant, clove-scented flowers emerge with its leaves in the spring. Its narrow, dull bluish-green leaves nicely complement the bright pink to whitish blossoms with rose colored tube and purple style. This plant was introduced into cultivation in 1812. It is known to have a marked tolerance for high pH.

Plant Habit or Use: medium shrub

Exposure: partial sun

Flower Color: white to pink

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: dark brown capsule

Height: 9 feet

Width: 9 feet

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 3

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