|Rhododendron atlanticum at Stuckey, South Carolina|
It is a deciduous shrub 50–150 cm tall, forming a thick understory in forests, spreading by underground stolons. The leaves are 3–5 cm long and 1–2 cm broad, bluish green, and hairless or with scattered glandular hairs. The fragrant flowers are 3–4 cm long, usually white to pink, sometimes with a bit of yellow; they are produced in trusses of 4-10 together.
Cultivation and uses
It is not widely cultivated in North America, but has been introduced and is popular in England. In the U.S. it is regarded as a good plant for heavy soils, but will spread itself too freely if planted in sandy soils.