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Evergreen - small leaves 1-5cm (½-2in) long.
Semi-evergreen - Keeps some of its foliage all year, and will drop some leaves as well. - on occasion
Purple - Shades of purple/mauve/lilac/violet - mauve
Height - 1.2m (4ft)
Spread - 1.2m (4ft)
Hedge - Ideal for hedging
Medium shrub - Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height - sometimes low-growing. Produces trusses of 2 or 3 widely funnel-shaped flowers 4-4.5cm (1½-1¾in) across, at the shoot tips.
Hardy - average winter - Hardy through most of the UK apart from inland valleys, at altitude and central/northerly locations. May suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -10°C (14°F)
Full sun - thrives in full sun. Shelter from strong winds
Additional Features - Good to know - - a cross between R. dauricum and R. ciliatum. Shallow planting is essential. Suitable as an informal hedge. Tolerant of more alkaline soil
Pests & Diseases - vine weevils, scale insects, honey fungus, powdery mildew, bud blast.
Place of origin - garden origin. UK. 1855. I Davies, Ormskirk, Lancs
Garden Location/Conditions - Patio / pot plants -
Suitable for small gardens - Suitable for small gardens
Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
Leaf margin - Entire - see photos above
Leaf shape - Oblanceolate - see photos above
Pruning group - Pruning group 5
Suitable for: Evergreen shrubs that require minimal pruning.
Action: Trim or lightly cut back shoots that spoil symmetry. Deadhead regularly.
When: Annually after flowering.
RHS group 8
Scented Plants - Scented foliage - - aromatic when crushed
Seasonal Interest - Spring -
Soil Conditions - Acid / ericaceous loving - - ideally pH 4.5-6.0
Fertile moist well-drained soil - humus-rich
Neutral to acid soil
Wildlife - Rabbit Resistant -
- Dead Heading
- Dead Heading - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Pruning - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Weed Killing
- Pests and Diseases
- Honey Fungus - Video Tip ondemand_video
- General Pictures
- Further Reading
- Planting out rhodies - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Growing from seed
- Rhododendron Seed Collecting - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Potting on Rhododendron seedlings - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Propagation by taking semi-ripe cuttings - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Growing from cuttings
- Propagation by layering - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Propagation by other means
- Making a hybrid - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Making a hairy or scaly cross - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Caerhays bred 'Red Centurian'
- R. augustinii, edgeworthii x leucaspis, 'Anne Teese', loderi 'King George' - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Rhododendron cilpinense - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Rhododendron decorum (pink form) - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Rhododendron genestrianum - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Five late flowering rhodies - Video Tip ondemand_video
- R. niveum - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Rhododendron ‘Pink Polar Bear’ - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Scented Rhododendrons - Video Tip ondemand_video
- When is the right time to collect seeds?
- When are seeds actually ripe and ready for collection?
- Magnolia seed collection - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Cornus capitata seed collection - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Rhododendron seed collecting - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Camellia seed collection - Video Tip ondemand_video