Rhododendron arborescens 'Early'
Early Sweet Azalea
Rhododendron arborescens is a tall deciduous native azalea with fragrant white flowers with red stamens. This form of the Sweet Azalea is from a disjunct population of this shrub discovered by Woodlanders in Aiken County, SC. Blooming in April, this form is in flower weeks or months ahead of plants in the North Carolina Piedmont, southern Appalachians, and western Georgia. Plant in acid soil in shade or semi-shade and provide water in dry periods.
USDA Hardiness Zone 5-9