How fast does Catawba rhododendron grow?

This shrub grows at a slow rate, with height increases of less than 12″ per year.

Is Catawba Rhododendron poisonous?

This plant has high severity poison characteristics. Catawba rhododendron in the Ericaceae (blueberry) family, is a large woody broadleaf evergreen, rounded to spreading, multi-stemmed shrub that often forms dense thickets.

Is rhododendron a Catawbiense evergreen?

Noteworthy Characteristics. Rhododendron catawbiense, commonly called Catawba rhododendron or mountain rosebay, is a large, rounded to spreading, multi-stemmed, broadleaf evergreen shrub that typically grows to 6-10′ (rarely to 20′) tall.

Do rhododendrons stay green all year?

The genus Rhododendron includes both Rhododendron and azaleas. However, azaleas are not evergreen like Rhododendrons. Rhododendrons have the advantage of producing lush green leaves and vibrant colored flowers all year long.

Why is Catawba Rhododendron poisonous?

The toxic component of rhododendrons and azaleas can be found in very high concentrations in honey made by bees that feed on them. This usually occurs in dense populations of these plants, particularly in the Mediterranean region.

Can you touch rhododendron?

Effects. Rhododendron toxicity is rarely fatal to humans, and symptoms usually last no more than 24 hours. It results in short-term gastrointestinal and cardiac problems, and the severity depends on the amount of honey or nectar ingested.

Are rhododendrons invasive?

Caution: Rhododendron ponticum is an invasive plant. It produces abundant seed and also suckers, forming dense thickets. It is naturalized in Ireland, the U.K. and much of western Europe as well as in parts of New Zealand. Rhododendron control is a key element in nature conservation in many areas.

What if my dog eats a rhododendron?

If you know your dog has eaten leaves or flowers from a rhododendron bush, it’s best to call a veterinarian or a poison helpline.