Rhododendrons and Azaleas

Taking their name from two Greek words, rhodo for "rose" and dendron for "tree," the rhododendrons and azaleas (Rhododendron) are best known for their bright and showy flowers, but these shrubs also offer glossy green leaves. The large and showy flowers of rhododendrons come in purple, pink, red, and white, while azalea flowers offer additional yellow, orange, and apricot shades. Many rhododendrons are huge shrubs that are especially valuable as wildlife cover and as nesting habitat for desired species, such as cardinals.

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