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Wood of the day #28: Catawba Rhododendron

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Blog entry by CreekOne posted 02-03-2015 12:17 PM 817 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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  • 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!!!
  • Sampled by: Me


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