Rhododendron catawbiense (Catawba rhododendron), Ericaceae, Shrub, 140 to 6684 feet, blooms Apr-Jun
On June 8, 2008, the rhododendron blooms at Mount Rogers National Recreation Area were just about to peak. The hillsides were dusted with pink and a lot of dark pink buds were prevalent. A number of the bushes just started to open.
The rhododendrons at Mount Rogers National Recreational Area were in full peak of their blooms. The entire mountain side on the Pine Mountain Trail and Rhododendron Gap was pink