Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Broadleaf evergreen shrub, 3-6 ft (0.9-1.8 m) tall, equal width; broadly arching. Leaves simple, alternate, ovate to lanceolate, 5-13 long, 2.5 to 4 cm wide, tip long-acuminate, rounded at base, new growth green or bronzy. Flower white, fragrant, 6 mm long, urn-shaped (typical of plants in the Ericaceae (Heath Family).
- Part shade to shade, susceptible to sunburning.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 4 Native from Virginia to Georgia and Tennessee. Several selections, including 'Girard's Rainbow', which has coppery new growth with the addition of white and pink makings.
- fontanesiana: after René Loiche Desfontaines (1752-1833), French botanist.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: northeast of Benton Hall.