Rhododendron x 'Dreamland' (Yakushima hybrid) (H-3)Item #0931 USDA Hardiness Zone: 6 - 9
A dense-growing evergreen shrub valued for its large trusses of showy, soft pink flowers. Prefers cooler regions, but some protection from winter wind is helpful. Wonderful for use as a container specimen, accent plant, a flowering hedge, or in mass plantings.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial shade to partial sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 4 ft. tall and wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:roh-doh-DEN-dronDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:4 - 6, 15 - 17Growth habit:RoundedGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 4 ft. tall and wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Late SpringFlower color:PinkFlower attributesShowy FlowersDesign IdeasExceptional shrub for foundation planting where intense color is appreciated at high profile locations. Ideal cover up for exposed legs of deciduous shrubs. Thrives in open planting areas under high canopy shade trees.Companion PlantsJapanese Maple (Acer palmatum); Lily of the Valley (Pieris); Astilbe (Astilbe); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra); Coral Bells (Heuchera)
- CareCare InformationProvide organically rich, well-drained, acidic soil. Apply a thick layer of mulch to keep roots cool, avoiding the crown. Avoid harsh afternoon sun exposures and shelter from drying winter winds. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom. .Light Needs:Partial shade to partial sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreHistory:The genus Rhododendron is grouped into the heath family, Ericaceae which contains many acid soil loving species. Rhododendron was named and classified by Linnaeus who named it from the Greek for rose tree. This genus also contains shrubs commonly called azaleas within its 800 Rhododendron species and thousands of hybrids. The species are native to temperate areas of the Northern Hemisphere but are most abundant in the Himalayas and other mountains of Asia. This plant is a hybrid of the species R. yakusimanum, which is native to Yakushima, Japan. It was named and introduced in 1934 by Takenoshi Nakai, 1882-1952. This hybrid was developed in the 20th century.Lore:Rhododendron was named and classified by Linnaeus who named it from the Greek for rose tree.