This small tree/scrub has large leathery leaves that are open this time of year, they are 4-10 inch-long leaves that are toothless. The leaves curl up when in drought or too cold. This time of year the beautiful flowers are out. The flowers are usually white or light pink. They are clusters of five petaled flowers.
The size of this small tree is up to 30 feet tall. 30 feet would be very tall.
The best place to go to see this tree is the Appalachian mountains. The Pisgah National forest is filled to the brim with these beautiful trees. The Smokey Mountains National Park is another great location.
I have read that the leaves of this Rhododendron can be applied to your head to help relieve a headache. I say don't knock it till we try it. I have also read that poulticed leaves can relieve symptoms of arthritis. Again, lets try it before we disregard this bit of info.