• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate grower to 5 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Spring Flowering
    Blooms:
    Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:roh-doh-DEN-dron HIB-rid
    Plant type:Shrub, Rhododendron
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Compact, Spreading
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate grower to 5 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:Pink
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Cottage
    Design IdeasIdeal planted in the middle of borders with other acid-loving shrubs, along house foundations or to soften the base of a fence. Great background for virtually all perennials and works well to cover ground beneath and behind a smaller accent tree. Also makes a good hedge when left to grow into its natural shape.
    Companion PlantsCombine this pale rhody with fiery flowered acid loving plants such as Chandleri Elegans Variegated Camellia, (Camellia japonica 'Chandler's Elegans Variegated'), Mandarin Lights Azalea, (Azalea x 'Mandarin Lights'), Valley Valentine Pieris, (Pieris japonica 'Valley Valentine') and Black Tulip Magnolia, (Magnolia x soulangiana 'Jurmag1').
  • 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:
    <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
    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. 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. The hybrid 'Yaku Princess' was developed after his death and introduced in 1977.
    Lore:
    Rhododendron was named and classified by Linnaeus who named it from the Greek for rose tree.