Virginia Richards Rhododendron

Rhododendron x 'Virginia Richards' (H-3)

Small compact evergreen shrub, highly valued for its large trusses of showy pink and apricot tinted flowers - beautiful contrast to the dark green leaves. Prefers cooler regions. Very effective as an accent.
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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
LoreRhododendron was named and classified by Linnaeus who named it from the Greek for rose tree.
Average Size at MaturitySlow growing to 4 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeSpring
Design IdeasRhododendrons are powerful contrasts against deep-green foliage. They bring light to dark corners while in bloom, and then offer a mass of rich deep-green foliage the rest of the year. Plant along fence lines and walls. Use as a foundation plant around entries and porches where it gets high visibility. Ideal for hedges that separate front yards and block the view of the driveway. A natural in forest and woodland gardens needing a touch of drama.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorPink
Foliage ColorGreen
Growth HabitRound
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Hedge, Woodland Garden
Light NeedsPartial sun
Soil NeedsAzalea & Camellia Food
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Gift Plant, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Compact Form
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsPair this soft colored rhodie with delicate Yaku Princess Rhododenron, (Rhododendron x 'Yaku Princess'), Dawn's Chorus Azalea, (Azalea x 'Dawn's Chorus'), Chandleri Elegans Variegated Camellia, (Camellia japonica 'Chandleri Elegans Variegated') 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: 6-9

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