Common name(s): Catawba Rhododendron, Mountain Rosebay, Purple Ivy, Purple Laurel, Purple Rhododendron, Red Laurel, Rosebay, Rosebay Laurel
Botanical name:Rhododendron catawbiense
Synonymous:Rhododendron catawbiense var. album, Rhododendron catawbiense var. compactum
Distribution: Eastern United States
Description: Wood is hard, white to creamy-white with some slight colour variation on the annual rings. Texture is smooth and there is a beautiful natural lustre. Due to the plants way of growing, the wood have a tendency to be curly and have a wild grain.
Fun facts: The species is named after the Catawba River. The plant is highly toxic, may be fatal if ingested!!!