Grows in bogs, edges of creeks, next to ponds in the Sierras, higher elevations of the Coast Ranges from Mt. Palomar north into Oregon. I\'ve lost a shoe walking out to photograph the flowers before. The ground looked dry and solid, but it was about 1 ft. of raw peat with water and mud under it. Needless to say this plant loves regular water. CALM in Bakersfield had a couple growing for years in alkaline soil on a north wall with regular water.
Rhododendron occidentale tolerates sand and seasonal flooding.
Foliage of Rhododendron occidentale is deciduous.
Flower of Rhododendron occidentale has color white.
Communities for Rhododendron occidentale:Red Fir Forest, Mixed-evergreen Forest and Yellow Pine Forest.