• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Average Landscape Size
    Moderate growing to 4 to 5 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Key Feature
    Spring Flowering
    Blooms:
    Flowering Time
    Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:roh-doh-DEN-dron HIB-rid
    Plant type:Shrub, Rhododendron
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:4 - 6, 15 - 17
    Growth habit:Round
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing to 4 to 5 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:Red
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Design 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').
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow 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:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    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.