• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 4 to 5 ft. tall, spreading wider.
    Key Feature:
    Stunning Spring Flowers
    Blooms:
    Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:roh-doh-DEN-dron
    Plant type:Shrub, Rhododendron
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 4 to 5 ft. tall, spreading wider.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:Orange
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Cottage
    Design IdeasA fiery hot rhodie can be seen from a long way off to add depth and interest to evergreen forested settings. Use it to draw the eye deep into a spring garden. Save for high profile foundation planting beneath windows where the flowers will sit right at the sill for indoor and outdoor viewing. Close up locations to outdoor living spaces bring the exotic colors to close range. A beauty in mixed shrub borders or to add zest among cool colored perennials.
    Companion PlantsCamellia (Camellia); Lily of the Valley Shrub (Pieris); Coral Bells (Heuchera); Azalea (Azalea); Gardenia (Gardenia)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide organically rich, well-drained, acidic soil. Apply a thick layer of mulch to keep roots cool, avoiding the crown. Avoid harsh afternoon sun exposures and shelter from drying winter winds. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom.
    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.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    The genus Rhododendron is grouped into the heath family, Ericaceae which contains many acid soil loving species. Rhododendron was named and classified by Linnaeus who named it from the Greek for rose tree. 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. This hybrid was known in 1988 but not introduced until 2000. Its parents were R. dicoranthum x decorum 'Dido' and from the Arnold Arboretum, R. fortunei 'Fawn'. It was bred by Dr. Carl Phetteplace of Eugene, Oregon's Greer Gardens..
    Lore:
    Rhododendrons are largely found in the Himalayas and other mountains of Asia as well as some species in temperate North America.

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