Common Name: rhododendron
Type: Broadleaf evergreen
Zone: 5 to 8
Height: 2.00 to 3.00 feet
Spread: 2.00 to 5.00 feet
Bloom Time: May
Bloom Description: Pink to apple blossom pink
Sun: Part shade to full shade
Attracts: Hummingbirds, Butterflies
Other: Winter Interest
Best grown in acidic, humusy, organically rich, moisture retentive but well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. Prefers a sun dappled shade (tolerates more sun than many other rhododendrons). Plant in a location protected from strong winds. Good soil drainage is essential (doesn't like "wet feet"). Poor drainage can cause root rot, therefore raised beds should be considered in heavy clay soils. Shallow root system (do not cultivate around plants) will benefit greatly from a mulch (e.g., wood chips, bark or pine needles) to retain moisture and stabilize soil temperatures. Root ball must never be allowed to dry out. Clip off spent flower clusters if practicable.
This rhododendron cultivar is a dense, mound-forming, evergreen shrub which typically grows 2' tall with a 2' spread over 10 years, slowly increasing in size to a maximum of 3' x 5'. Larger than usual, thick, leathery, downward curled, dark green foliage is brown, woolly beneath. Deep rose-pink buds open to a solid pink. Early to midseason spring bloom.
Rhododendrons are susceptible to many insect and disease pests, including but not limited to canker, crown rot, root rot, leaf spot, rust, powdery mildew, aphids, borers, lacebugs, leafhoppers, mealy bugs, mites, nematodes, scale, thrips and whitefly. A healthy plant in the proper environment with proper care should have limited problems, however.
Mass or group in shrub or mixed borders or woodland gardens. Good specimen value. Also effective as a foundation planting.