Rocket Rhododendron

Rhododendron x 'Rocket' (H-2)

Small evergreen shrub, highly valued for its showy flowers. Beautiful, frilly, deep-pink flowers create a stunning contrast against the dark green leaves. Prefers cooler regions. A wonderful accent plant.
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Partial sun

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

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Botanical Pronunciationroh-do-DEN-dron
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing to 4-6 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeSpring
Design IdeasThis medium-sized bushy Rhododendron bears startlingly beautiful flowers. It should be used in shrub borders for color and ganged along foundations of the house to provide an attractive transition between structure and garden. Great background for virtually any planting, but best with contrasting foliage for interest when Rocket is out of bloom. Great hedge material for natural, unclipped barriers. Powerful enough to stand alone as a gorgeous single accent.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorPink
Foliage ColorGreen
Growth HabitErect
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Hedge, Woodland Garden
Light NeedsPartial sun
Soil NeedsAzalea & Camellia Food
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Gift Plant
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsHydrangea (Hydrangea); Azalea (Azalea); Lily of the Valley (Pieris); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra); Coral Bells (Heuchera)

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: 5-8

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