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Scarlet Wonder Dwarf Rhododendron

Rhododendron x 'Scarlet Wonder' (H-2)

This dwarf evergreen shrub has an outstanding appearance, with showy scarlet-red flowers backed by interesting, shiny green, quilted leaves. Thrives in cooler regions and withstands more sun exposure than many others. Very effective as an accent in a mixed shrub border, or as a spring specimen plant.
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Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.


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Botanical Pronunciationroh-doh-DEN-dron
LoreRhododendron was named and classified by Linnaeus who named it from the Greek for rose tree.
Average Size at MaturitySlow growing; forms mound 2 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring
Design IdeasThis versatile Dwarf Rhododendron lends a decidedly formal character due to its compact habit. Plant in small groupings in front of taller shrubs. Line several for edging or as mini hedges to highlight plantings of perennials. Ideal for massing under the canopies of trees with other understory species. Ideal for small city gardens, courtyards and side yards, where space is a premium. The best plant for hiding an older Rhododendron's bare legs.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorRed
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Cottage
Growth HabitCompact, Mounding
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Hedge, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Specimen, Woodland Garden, Urban Garden
Light NeedsPartial sun
Soil NeedsAzalea & Camellia Food
Special FeatureDense Habit, Dwarf Plant, Easy Care, Gift Plant, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Year-round Interest, Tolerates Urban Pollution, Compact Form
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsLily of the Valley (Pieris); Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra); Camellia (Camellia); Coral Bells (Heuchera); Magnolia (Magnolia)

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-8

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