Great Rhododendron Rhododendron maximum Linnaeus    Synonyms: Big laurel, Great Laurel, Rosebay.
Kingdom Plantae   >   Division Tracheophyta   >   Class Magnoliopsida   >   Order Ericales   >   Family Ericaceae   >   Genus Rhododendron   

Status:

Great Rhododendron's habitat is mainly damp woods, swamps, protected ravines, and along creeks and pond margins. In Maryland it occurs in the mountains of the western part of the state, but is also present in the upper midland and in Cecil County (Fernald, 1950; Brown and Brown, 1972).

Description:

An evergreen shrub, often forming dense, tangled thickets (Brown and Brown, 1972). The leaves are dark green and very thick.

Relationships:

Thickets of Great Rhododendron are preferred nesting sites for Canada Warbler.

There are 115 records in the project database.

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Blooming Great Rhododendron found in Garrett Co., Maryland (7/20/2008). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A Great Rhododendron in Garrett Co., Maryland (7/12/2012). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

Great Rhododendron in Garrett Co., Maryland (1/13/2020). Photo by William Blauvelt. (MBP list)

Great Rhododendron in Allegany Co., Maryland (6/27/2015). (c) Wayne Longbottom, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Great Rhododendron growing in Garrett Co., Maryland (2/5/2003). Photo by Boyer and McDowell. (MBP list)

Great Rhododendron in Frederick Co., Maryland (7/2/2018). Photo by Robert Warren. (MBP list)

Great Rhododendron in Howard Co., Maryland (6/29/2014). Photo by Jim Wilkinson. (MBP list)

Close-up of Great Rhododendron flowers in Allegany Co., Maryland (6/27/2015). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Great Rhododendron in Harford Co., Maryland (4/16/2016). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Great Rhododendron in Allegany Co., Maryland (4/15/2018). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Great Rhododendron in early winter in Harford Co., Maryland (12/6/2015). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Great Rhododendron in Garrett Co., Maryland (7/22/2015). (c) Emilio Concari, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Emilio Concari. (MBP list)

Great Rhododendron in Frederick Co., Maryland (6/2/2019). Photo by Merry Stinson. (MBP list)


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