• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slowly reaches 3 to 5 ft. tall, spreading wider.
    Key Feature:
    Showy Spring Flowers
    Blooms:
    Early Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:roh-doh-DEN-dron
    Plant type:Shrub, Rhododendron
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:4 - 6, 15 - 17
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slowly reaches 3 to 5 ft. tall, spreading wider.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Early Spring
    Flower color:Pink
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Cottage
    Design IdeasThis rugged little fellow promises to perform even where the climate is on the warm side for most Rhododendron. An excellent foundation shrub that won't exceed five feet tall; a natural for covering up unsightly stemwalls, footings and utilities. Ideal as a natural barrier hedge in front yards. Good choice for fence lines. Also works well planted singly or in groups in larger planters. Adds life to otherwise dull evergreen plantings and thrives in the acid soils under high-canopied conifers.
    Companion PlantsHydrangea (Hydrangea); Holly (Ilex); Astilbe (Astilbe); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra); Bog Rosemary (Andromeda)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in humus-rich, acidic, well-drained soils. Apply a thick layer of mulch to keep roots cool. Water deeply and regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom.Pruning time: spring after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.

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