Rhododendron atlanticum 'Marydel' (Ericaceae)
'Marydel' Coastal Azalea
Once thought to be a natural cross, 'Marydel' is now considered to be a variety of R. atlanticum, the difference being that Marydel has large dark pink buds opening to white with a seashell pink throat. Otherwise, it is the same as R. atlanticum, a low growing azalea of 3-6', which blooms April to May. Discovered in the wild in Delaware, an area of coastal pine barrens and moist woods, where plants can develop into large colonies. Reblooms occasionally in autumn, and is tolerant of moist locations.
Bloom color: pink-white
Bloom period: late-spring
Container size: Gal.