FORM woody large shrubs or trees, rarely trailing
Species 1500 in our area 76 (Gray); 75 (B&B)43
Distribution global in the USA found on acid soils in bogs and on Mountains’
Flowers often showy, solitary or in clusters 4 to 5 fused petals. Shrubs and subshrubs. Trailing arbutus an example of the trailing form.
#Parts 4-5 sepals forming tubular calyx 4-5 joined petals. 8-10 stamens
Symmetry regular, close to bilateral in some.
Leaves usually evergreen, simple alternate.
Cultivated shrubs include Mountain-laurel, rhododendron, azaleas, blueberries, cranberries. Herbaceous species include trailing arbutus.