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Ignatius Sargent Rhododendron

Rhododendron x 'Ignatius Sargent' (H-1)

Dense evergreen shrub is a highly valued landscape ornamental. Large trusses of showy flowers appear on even young plants. Thrives in cooler regions. Very effective as an accent or foundation plant.
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Partial sun

Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.


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Botanical Pronunciationroh-doh-DEN-dron
LoreThe name rhododendron is taken from the Greek for rose tree.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing to 5 to 7 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeLate Spring
Design IdeasThis is the best Rhodie for new homesites, where early flowering is a big plus. Few hybrids can compare with the speed of this one, with its masses of pink flowers. Use as background or filler along fence lines or bare walls. Great between windows as foundation planting, which allows its fragrance to easily waft in. Good for side-yard screens and privacy hedges. Combine with other shrubs that blossom in more striking hues and use to give evergreen color to plantings of deciduous flowering shrubs. Dense growth is ideal for cover-ups, such as along fences and the edges of outdoor steps. Works well under the drip lines of large conifers.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeFragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorPink
Foliage ColorGreen
Growth HabitErect
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UsePrivacy Screen, Specimen, Woodland Garden
Light NeedsPartial sun
Soil NeedsAzalea & Camellia Food
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Gift Plant, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsCombine this 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').

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-8

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