Seen near the Darlingtonia Californica botanical trail in the Smith River National Recreation Area, Six Rivers National Forest.
Mostly branches with small clumping of leaves on the top of branches. Growing in shaded area. Leaves are a bright green, but beginning to turn brown. More leaves toward the top of the branches than the side branches. Located near a creek and surrounded by moss.
Rhododendron occidentale, the western azalea or California azalea, is one of two deciduous Rhododendron species native to western North America (the other is Rhododendron albiflorum). The western azalea is known to occur as far north as Lincoln and Douglas Counties in Oregon and as far south as the mountains of San Diego county. Typically found in the coastal ranges of western North America, it also grows in the Cascade and Sierra Nevada mountain ranges, but is...