Florida azalea (Rhododendron austrinum) belongs to the Ericaceae (the Azalea family). It is a small deciduous tree that is native from northern Florida and southern Georgia west to southern Alabama and Mississippi. This tree grows in moist woods and along streams, and it can reach 1.8-3.0 m in height. The leaves are elliptic to obovate, dull green, to 10 cm long, and softly pubescent. The fragrant, funnel-shaped, yellow to peach to orange-red flowers in dense clusters bloom in early spring just before or as the foliage emerges.