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Chapman's Rhododendron (Rhododendron chapmanii)

Rhododendron chapmanii in coastal flatwoods at Gulf County, Florida.

Photo Credit: Ashlynn Smith
  • Global Rank: G1 - Critically Imperiled
  • Legal Status: Federally Endangered
  • Family: Ericaceae
  • State: FL
  • Nature Serve ID: 131552
  • Lifeform: Shrub
  • Date Inducted in National Collection:

small evergreen shrub

Where is Chapman's Rhododendron (Rhododendron chapmanii) located in the wild?


moist thickets requires good drainage with no chance of flooding sandy soil with abundant organic matter very stable, soft acid water table near the surface pine flatwoods borders of Titi swamps



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Chapman's Rhododendron can be found in Florida

Which CPC Partners conserve Chapman's Rhododendron (Rhododendron chapmanii)?

CPC's Plant Sponsorship Program provides long term stewardship of rare plants in our National Collection. We are so grateful for all our donors who have made the Plant Sponsorship Program so successful. We are in the process of acknowledging all our wonderful plant sponsorship donors on our website. This is a work in progress and will be updated regularly.

Conservation Actions

Tina Stanley
  • 05/11/2023
  • Orthodox Seed Banking

According to a March 2023 extract of the Florida Plant Rescue Database, Bok Tower Gardens holds 2 accessions of Rhododendron chapmanii totalling approximately 2200 seeds.

Tina Stanley
  • 05/11/2023
  • Seed Collection Orthodox Seed Banking

According to a March 2023 extract of the Florida Plant Rescue Database, Atlanta Botanical Garden holds 28 accessions of Rhododendron minus var. chapmanii of wild origin.

Nature Serve Biotics
  • 05/02/2017

Only 32 known populations from Liberty, Gulf, Gadsden, and Clay counties, Florida (Florida Natural Areas Inventory). Changes in hydrology and soil structure from logging and clearcutting, as well as over-collection have negative impacts on this species. 1997: 40 populations totalling 2969 plants found in 1997 census - 14 populations declined since '84/85 survey.

  • 01/01/2010

2 populations in the Florida panhandle and 1 in northeast Florida 1 population near Hosford, FL with ca. 2,500 plants 1 population in Gulf Co., FL with ca. 500 plants 1 population in Camp Blanding (Clay Co.), FL with ca. 20 plants 4 sites, none protected 1 population on St. Joe Paper Company lands, not protected 1 population at Black Creek, protected if any plants remain


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Taxon Rhododendron chapmanii
Authority Gray
Family Ericaceae
CPC Number 3736
ITIS 23715
Duration Perennial
Common Names Chapman Rhododendron
Associated Scientific Names Rhododendron chapmanii | Rhododendron minus var. chapmanii
Distribution NA
State Rank
State State Rank
Florida S1
Ecological Relationships


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