Actually a species of rhododendron (Rhododendron calendulaceum), the flame azalea is native to the Appalachian Mountains and is found as far north as the state of New York and as far south as northern Georgia.  It is a deciduous shrub, and the flowers range from yellow to orange to red.  The flame azaleas that grow deep in the woods behind our house tend to have orange blooms.  The one which is located immediately behind our house by the bird feeder has both yellow and orange blooms.  (5 images)

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