Handsome, often cultivated, shrub with rose-lavender flowers.
Frequent in large stands on the higher rocky slopes, ridges, and balds
of the Appalachian Mountains in June.
Catawba Rhododendron is abundant all across Grandfather Mountain, from
MacRae Meadows at 4,300 feet in elevation to MacRae Peak at 5,939 feet
Because the flamboyant shrub abounds across this broad range of elevations,
it can be enjoyed at each successive elevation. The first blooms appear
at the lower overlooks in late May and the display will arrive at the
Swinging Bridge by the end of June.