Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Moderate grower to 5 ft. tall and wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Spring Flowering
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Spring
Landscape Uses:
Landscape Uses
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 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: Partial Sun
Partial sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
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.