Where is Pink-shell Azalea (Rhododendron vaseyi)
located in the wild?
R. vaseyi grows in mountain ravines, swamps, bogs, banks of streams, coniferous and oak forests at high elevations (3,000-5,500 ft) (Foote and Jones 1994). R. vaseyi appears to spread to clearings at places where the forest overstory has been logged. Therefore, logging does not constitute an immediate threat.It was once found in the wild in Massachusetts, near Halifax, where it appeared to be naturalized on the territory of an abandoned nursery in a swamp as well as on sandy soil. (Wilson and Rehder 1921).
Historically, this species was found only in six sites in the mountains of North Carolina (Radford et al. 1968). It is now known from the Blue Ridge from Ashe County south to Macon County, Transylvania Co. in western North Carolina. Type locality: Balsam Mountain near Webster (Jackson Co., western NC).
States & Provinces:
Pink-shell Azalea can be found in Connecticut, Massachusetts, North Carolina