• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow growing to 4 ft. high, 6 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Spring Flowering
    Late Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:roh-doh-DEN-dron
    Plant type:Shrub, Rhododendron
    Sunset climate zones:4 - 6, 15 - 17, 34, 37, 39
    Growth habit:Rounded
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow growing to 4 ft. high, 6 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Late Spring
    Flower color:Pink
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleAsian/Zen
    Design IdeasThis unique Rhodie grows much wider than it does tall. A single plant can fill an entire small flower bed. A good plant for covering foundations. Great in very large open areas to block weeds. Works well as a hedge between driveways or to separate your front lawn from your neighbor's.
    Companion PlantsCombine this lower growing Rhododendron with other spreading shrubs to fill large planters. Its pink coloring blends well with the blue-flowering Carmel Creeper California Lilac (Ceanothus griseus horizontalis 'Carmel Creeper') and the bright red winter berries of Variegated Rock Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster horizontalis 'Variegatus'). It also blends nicely with purple Petite IndigoTM Dwarf Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii nanhoensis 'Mongo') and Petite OrchidTM Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica 'Monhid').
  • 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
    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 cultivar of the species, R. caucasicum, which is native to the Caucasus of Eastern Europe. It was classified and introduced by Peter Simon Pallas, 1741-1811, who was a German student of Russian and Siberian flora. This species would the primary parent of a series of hybrids known as the Caucasicum Hybrid Rhododendrons. 'Cunningham Blush' was an early hybrid introduced around 1830.
    Rhododendron was named and classified by Linnaeus who named it from the Greek for rose tree.