Lord Roberts Rhododendron
Lord Roberts Rhododendron
Rhododendron x 'Lord Roberts' (H-2)Item #0955 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 8
Dense-growing evergreen shrub valued for its large trusses of showy flowers. Prefers cooler regions but some protection from winter wind is helpful. Does best in sun. Use as an accent or specimen.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:roh-doh-DEN-dron HIB-ridDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:4 - 6, 15 - 17Growth habit:RoundGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing to 4 to 5 ft. tall and wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SpringFlower color:RedFlower attributesShowy FlowersDesign IdeasThis Rhododendron tolerates more sun than most, so feel free to combine it with most any favored flowering shrub. Dense foliage makes good foundation planting or hedge. May be planted as a single accent or grouped in islands around the edges of sparsely canopied trees. Ideal for separating driveways or front yards. Plant where it gets enough sun to backlight the flowers, which will make the gorgeous color pop.Companion PlantsGroup with stellar blooming shrubs such as Cheerful Giant Azalaea, (Azalea x 'Cheerful Giant'), Marge Miller Camellia, (Camellia sasanqua 'Marge Miller'), Black Lace Elderberry, (Sambucus nigra 'Eva') and Wine & Roses Weigela, (Weigela florida 'Alexandra').
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Provide well drained soil, rich in organic matter. Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom. Keep roots cool with a thick layer of mulch.Pruning time: spring after flowering.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- 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 rhodie is of uncertain parentage but is suspected to be an American catwabiense. Lord Roberts, named for a famous British military leader was introduced by Fromow and Chiswick before 1900 and later registered by Mason in 1958.Lore:Rhododendron was named and classified by Linnaeus who named it from the Greek for rose tree.