R. 'Verdie Sommerville'

Native Azaleas

R. 'Sherri's Dream'
Verdie Sommerville   Sherri's Dream


to my website on native azaleas (natural hybrids).

This site gives information and resources for growing, identification and propagation of native azaleas and rhododendron.

I have been collecting native azaleas for over 67 years. The first 31years, I collected them from the woods - the next 16 to 21 years by seed and stem propagation, and the last 15 years by tissue culture.

Georgia has 12 or 13 species of native azalea; Through the years they have crossed and back-crossed, so most are now natural hybrids. The native azalea is very difficult to propagate, so at the age of 70 I taught myself the art of tissue culture. That has been a lot of fun!

Photos on this website are mostly from the Earl Sommerville Collections. These images have been collected over a period of years, mostly in the state of Georgia. My photos include native azaleas, evergreen azaleas and rhododendron.

I do not sell plants, but there are a few very good nurseries that sell a number of my plants. These are listed on the resources page.

You can contact my via email at: earlsommerville@mindspring.com