Ericaceae
Rhododendron macrophyllum

Pacific Rhododendron

Large shrub with erect and spreading branches and thick twigs. Leaves evergreen, 3–8 in. long, oblong, leathery, entire, with sunken midvein, upper side dark green. Flowers pink to rose-purple, 1–1 1/2 in.; 5 petals fused at base form a wide shallow bell with tips spreading wide. Grows in moist to dry coniferous forests from coast to high elevations. State flower of Washington.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: Late Spring, Early Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 3--15 feet
  • Habitat: West-Side Forest, Coastal
  • Found In: West Gorge, Olympic NP
  • Native: Yes