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The mountains of North Carolina have many peaks termed "balds" because they had no trees, despite being well below the tree line. Theories abound as to their origin. Trees now are growing on many of the balds, creating shade and threatening the plants (including native azaleas) that had become accustomed to the increased light levels. Several are being maintained as balds by the National Forest Service, to preserve their original appearance.
Since our native deciduous azaleas thrive in areas of increased light and sun, these balds are of great interest to native azalea lovers.