Around the Gardens: Plumleaf Azalea, Rhododendron Prunifolium

Posted on June 27, 2011

On a walk in the woods near Blue Springs in August of 1930, Cason Callaway discovered a vibrant, red-orange, summer-blooming azalea.  He took a sample home to his wife, Virginia, who identified it as the plumleaf azalea, Rhododendron prunifolium. Virginia found that this native shrub was a species naturally occurring only within a 100-mile radius. […]

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