Multiple upright, loosely branched stems form a medium-sized, spreading deciduous shrub with dark green alternate leaves and showy clusters of flowers. The flowers are about 1" across, trumpet shaped, and have variable yellowish-orange to orange-red to bright red petals with elongated stamens that extend well beyond the petals. The blooms are borne in radial clusters of 6-11 flowers and are followed by brown seed capsules. This species is relatively drought tolerant.
Rhododendron species thrive in moist, well-drained, acidic soil. Soil testing and amending the planting site in order to achieve the correct soil pH is recommended. A thick layer of pine bark mulch applied to and around the site before planting will help retain moisture and acidify the soil if needed. Contact your local Cooperative Extension Office for soil testing. http://extension.uga.edu/