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Catawba Rhododendron by Gary L   Suddath

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The Catawba (rhododendron catawbiense) are the beauty of the high mountains. In the Smokies it is found above 3500 feet, and is the pinkish purple rhododendron. In some places they cover entire balds with their beauty. The leaves are similar to the rosebay but are a little smaller and rounder on the tip. The early bee keepers had to pay attention to where they placed their hives as honey made from either the Catawba or Rosebay is toxic…Some of the places these beauties can be seen are near New Found Gap on US 441, Andrews Bald, and Alum Cave Bluff Trail…Outside the park along the Blue Ridge Parkway and Roan Mountain of upper east Tennessee is know for the showing there.


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  • Sherrianne Talon
    Sherrianne Talonover 6 years ago

    Fantastic comp with the green in the background. Really makes the flowers stand out!

  • David Lampkins
    David Lampkinsover 6 years ago

    Great info… beautiful shot of these.

  • cdwork
    cdworkover 6 years ago

    Beautiful vibrant colours- Love Rhodos

  • Danielle Davenport
    Danielle Daven...over 6 years ago

    Another beautiful shot Gary! I missed my chance here… its been in the 90’s and very humid, and boy did that do a number on the rhododendrons! Oh well, I have your awesome flower pictures to gaze at :-)

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 6 years ago

    beautiful view

  • Mar Silva
    Mar Silvaover 6 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL. It looks like Mother Nature plugged them in and lit them up.

  • Seth  Weaver
    Seth Weaverover 6 years ago

    Gorgeous capture, stunning color.

  • kcranmer
    kcranmerover 6 years ago

    Wonderful clarity and details!

  • kcranmer
    kcranmerover 6 years ago

    Wonderful clarity and details!

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 5 years ago

    Like this with the background, Great shot

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