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Carolina rhododendron typically blooms in the rocky crags
of North Carolina's Linville Gorge in late April to mid May.
Though these rhody blooms are smaller than Catawba or
rosebay, they're equally breathtaking and offer an early
glimpse of the radiant rhododendron season.
Most of our native azaleas are deciduous members of the
Rhododendron genus, including the multi-hued flame azaleas
(Rhododendron calendulaceum) that brighten Blue Ridge balds
and forests. Flame azaleas usually display their colors in midto-late June on the Tennessee-North Carolina border where the
Appalachian Trail traverses Round Bald, shown here.
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