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Carolina Rhododendron (rhododendron minus) can range in height from 3 to 20 feet, and rarely up to 30 feet. It forms a compact to open straggly shrub which can be very difficult to pass through. The branchlets are scaly and have dark to light green evergreen leaves ranging in size from 2 to 4.5 inches. The leaves are typically elliptic to lanceolate. The leaf tips are often acuminate (tapered to a sharp point) and the leave blade may be flat or curved slightly inward.
The flowers range in color from purplish pink, pink, white, and rarely pale yellow. The flower buds are found in the upper leaf nodes or in multiple buds at the terminal. The flower’s corolla is narrowly to openly funnel-shaped.
These shrubs are typically grown as hedges and are valued for their blooms.