It grows to a height of 4' and width of 5'. Blooms in mid-season. Rhododendrons are great for use along foundations, in woodlands, and along garden or lawn borders and are available in all colors. Late blooming. Then look no further than the hardy rhododendron. Planted about 15" apart, a number of plants will grow together to form an impenetrable ground cover, handsome at all seasons and especially effective when such an expanse becomes a blanket of blue flowers.". A hardy plant with distinctive gray-green leaves. Evening Glow – 5', -5F. Shamrock-green, narrow leaves are bright year round. Low plant. form a strategic partnership called N.C. The mass of slender, dark green leaves do well in a sunny spot. Hardy to +5F. So low growing, this hardly seems like a Rhododendron, but its luscious purple flowers give it away. The flowers are beautiful, soft peach-pink. Requires some shade. It produces an abundance of snowy white flowers and has fuzzy green leaves. 'Scarlet Wonder' is a low, exceptionally compact plant with dense glossy green leaves that have an interesting texture. Every new red introduced is judged against 'Jean Marie' (as it is often called) to see if it is better and few actually pass the grade. It's a natural for filling in the edges of shade gardens, and is perfectly scaled for courtyards and city gardens. Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight), Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours). White Lace –  Vigorous plant habit. [Return to List]. The succulent flowers are a clear light pink, resembling the flowers of daphne more than rhododendron. Prolific pom-pom trusses are purple. This old standby is one of the best whites ever hybridized. Matte green leaves are set off against red stems to beautify the plant even when not in flower. R. austrinum, the Florida Azalea, is a deciduous azalea found from northwest Florida to Georgia, Alabama and southeast Mississippi. Dark red flowers in a ball-shaped cluster. Also, prune out dead, diseased or damaged branches, and cut old branches back to the soil level to encourage new growth. Dr. Thornton released his plants as trademarked plants through Southern Living Plants and wholesale production has begun. Morning sun and afternoon shade are ideal, although some rhododendrons can take full sun. Grows to 4' tall by 5' wide in 10 years. Southgate™ Brandi, 'Brandy Michelle Charles Loomis – 4', -15F. The hardiness for Rhododendrons will vary considerably. Dark glossy leaves cover the broad, mounding plant. Flowers are light pink with brown spots. To be useful in full sun, rhododendron and azaleas must 1) be lace bug resistant, 2) not be prone to sun scald, and 3) not be prone to root rot. Rhododendron augustinii ssp. Stands sun and heat. The compact habit of this versatile Dwarf Rhododendron lends a decidedly formal character to the garden. It was developed in 1909, received an Award of Merit in 1933 and then a First Class Certificate as late as 1955. A newer group of azaleas is called the Maid in the Shade collection. While growth at 10 years is 3', it will become a larger plant, so give it enough space. [Return to List]. Exact date of discovery for R. flammeum is not known, but plants of this species were first described by Aiton at Kew Gardens in 1789 and were probably sent there by William Bartram prior to that date. azaleas were imported from Kurume, Japan, to the Arnold Arboretum in Boston in the early 1900s and soon made their way into the nursery trade. Ho-Oden –  Blooms in early mid-season. Of course, hardiness tops the list. Plant in small groupings in front of taller shrubs. Southern Charm –    3', +10F. Wissahickon –  (parentage unknown) 5', -15F. It doesn't bloom at Christmas time as the name might indicate. Tolerates sun and shade. While they may be compact in habit, they are bold on blooms. Very fragrant. Good for mass planting. It prefers partial shade. Open and upright, the new growth is bright red, and creates quite a display in itself. Flame Creeper –  Late, -10F, Dwarf. The lush leaves are glossy green. [Return to List]. This plant stands sun, buds young, branches readily and does not mind heavy cutting for propagation! For hardiness: 'Blaauw's Pink' salmon pink is hardy to Zone 6, -5° F. For locations with more shade, it is best to stick with rhododendrons that are known to tolerate more shade. chasmanthum – 6', 0F. Wildlife Value:  Flowers attract hummingbirds. Very deep yellow flowers are held on an upright growing plant. A robust plant with an upright habit, it can be an open grower, but pinching will help and its habit gets better with age. †† indicates eight Rhododendrons that are also cold tolerant: 'Aunt Martha' (-10F), 'Blue Jay' (-10F), 'Blue Peter' (-10F), 'Boule de Neige' (-25F) , 'Cynthia' (-15F), 'English Roseum' (-25F), 'Myrtifolium' (-15F), Nova Zembla (-25F) and 'PJM' (-25F). Mrs. G. W. Leak –  6', 0F. Undersides are scaled with brown spots, petioles reddish-brown. Leaves are often wider and can be partly deciduous. Peppermint Twist – 4', -15F. It is 3 to 6 feet high with a naturally rounded shape and … Catawba rhododendron is a large-leaved, evergreen shrub reaching 6 to 10 feet high with large, lilac-purple flowers borne in clusters (trusses) in mid-to late spring. With rhododendrons, the rule of thumb is that the larger the leaf, the less sun they can handle gracefully. Hardy in Zones 8-10. Members of the genus Rhododendron support the following specialized bee: Andrena (Andrena) cornelli. group are such heavy bloomers is that the plants do not set seed. Many Azaleas and Rhododendrons are fully cold hardy, however a few of … This hardy dwarf can be grown in sun or partial shade, although in full sun it will maintain a more compact form. A good choice if you are looking for a vigorous growing variety that is sun tolerant. The flowers, larger than maximum's flowers, are bright red with a white throat and small yellow dorsal flare. Oceanlake – 30", -5F. The Plant has a strong, upright habit and is very heat tolerant. dark green, recurved, glossy leaves. Nova Zembla –  5', -25F. Its pink star-shaped flowers bloom in loose clusters in mid-spring and have a delicate fragrance. Heat tolerant. Most deciduous azaleas do well in full sun and frequently are poor bloomers in the shade. Below are lists of other rhododendrons and azaleas that are generally considered sun tolerant. Its truss is similar to 'Blue Peter' and while they both become huge plants, 'Blue Ensign' is more compact. It's known for its heat and sun tolerance and is extremely cold hardy. From chapmanii, it inherited heat and sun tolerance and from keiskei, cold hardiness and an interesting color. Loderi King George –  6', 0F. [Return to List]. 'PJM's' early bright lavender-pink flowers are beautiful against its dark colored winter foliage. 'Ramapo' is a good dwarf rhododendron. "Maid in the Shade" deciduous azaleas are a collection of deciduous azaleas compiled by Transplant Nursery selected to do well in shadier locations. It provides lavender flowers as well as colorful fall foliage. Grows to 4' tall by 6' wide in 10 years. It isn’t a deep orange but a true sparkling orange that radiates. This is a compact shrub with white flowers with reddish flecks. Fairly early in the flowering season, R. racemosum will appear as a bundle of clear pink plumes. Has a spreading plant habit. Over 100 of these deciduous hybrids are named, and 8 of them are registered. A good looking rhododendron that grows well in sunny, hot locations. June blooming tropical orange flowers are bright in the early summer sun. This is your ultimate dwarf Azalea, reaching no more than 12" in height and 2 feet in the width after 10+ years. Dense shade and poor air circulation can also be deadly to Rhododendrons. English Roseum – 6', -25F, M, a lilac rose with orange blotch, R. catawbiense hybrid, 6 feet or taller. NC State University and N.C. A&T State University work in tandem, along with federal, state and local governments, to Leaf spot disease can develop if grown in deep shade or suffers drought stress. Trilby – 5', -15F. Jade green leaves are numerous along this bushy multiple stemmed plant. Yellow Hammer – 4', +5F. Blooms late. When you need structure for a tight space or a container, this handsome dwarf conifer is the perfect option for smaller gardens. Red River –  5', -20F. A sunny location is best for this well shaped plant often used in a border. Good for extending your bloom season into June. Satsuki Azaleas. Southgate™ Divine, 'Lisenne Rockefeller': Rhododendron racemosum – 2', -10F. Blooms in early mid-season. It has soft green leaves that grow in whorls around the stem and turn yellow, orange and crimson in the fall. Pink flower buds occur along upper portions of the stem and in multiples at stem tips. In spring the foliage is hidden by 1-inch flowers. Tests performed in California and Georgia, showed good tolerance to heat as well as cold and adverse cultivation. [return to Index], Rosy Cheeks – 5', -15F. Rhododendron minus – 4', -15F, the Carolina rhododendron, is a native American plant that grows wild in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. All of these benefits coupled with hybrid vigor make 'Southland' a highly desirable early May blooming lepidote. Pink trusses signal the coming of spring. New foliage is bronze, changing to green with maturity. The hardiest plant of the species, this variety withstands frost even when in flower. Noted for its lavender-blue spring flowers, Rhododendron 'Blue Tit Magor' is a compact, mounding, dense, evergreen shrub producing incredibly eye-catching flower clusters. Medium height. Sun and heat tolerant. They thrive only in acidic soil. Its frilled flowers are light lavender-blue with a prominent purple flare. Dwarf Holly (Ilex) – Thorny Small Evergreen Shrub. The glossy green foliage of summer becomes mahogany-colored in winter. This species can be distinguished from the earlier blooming R. austrinum in that the flowers usually have a blotch, they are not fragrant, nor do they have sticky glandular hairs on the corolla tube. Rhododendron lutescens – 6', +5F. 'Cynthia' will produce a bounty of large, conical, rosy-crimson trusses. A cold hardy, heat and sun tolerant rhododendron well worth choosing for its beauty alone! [Return to List]. Sun tolerant and compact in growth habit, this plant sports large pink flowers that open from cherry-red buds. hippophaeoides -2', -20F. Bright crimson flowers unfold in April, and holding their color well. One of the reasons rhododendrons in the 'P.J.M.' [Return to List]. Medium height. Grows to 3' tall by 4' wide in 10 years. [Return to List]. group are smaller, growing to a height of 3 to 5 feet tall. Many varieties need shade to prevent lace bug infestations since the natural enemies of lace bugs are not active in sunny areas. Tests as resistant to root rot and is sun and heat tolerant. All varieties need full sun. Orchid-rose flowers open all along the stems of the densely branched plant. Thriving in a Mediterranean-type environment without temperature extremes, rhododendrons grow best in open shade in moist, acidic, humus-rich soil in raised beds. Included are two lavender-pink varieties – Camellia's Blush and Lavender Girl – and two yellow varieties – My Mary and Lisa's Gold. The plant has a compact growth habit and is one of the best for heat, but does require some shade. In tropical climates, the best rhododendrons are the Vireya, a type which is native to the tropical regions of Southeast Asia. Bow Bells –  3', -5F. VIDEO Created by Elizabeth Meyer for "Trees, Shrubs and Conifers" a plant identification course offered in partnership with Longwood Gardens. A woody evergreen or deciduous shrub in the Ericaceae family. Dwarf Purple Rhododendron is a compact slow-growing flowering evergreen shrub in with spectacular purple flowers that cover the plant in the spring. They are flowering shrubs that require a shady location to grow happily. It even blooms well in deep shade. A must have! The elliptical foliage is dark green and leathery, and the crushed leaves have an aromatic fragrance. This plant is very hardy. Tough, medium sized leaves are dense on this well shaped plant. While many rhododendrons grow best in woodland conditions, providing dappled shade, dwarf rhododendrons flower best in full sun. Jock – 3', -5F. Medium height. Sunny yellow flowers bloom amidst bronzy red foliage. Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Rhododendrons are susceptible to insect and disease problems. This is a good selection for a background plant. Iveryana –    2', +10F. An old favorite that is still one of the best for a strong growing, background plant. It is generally dense under ideal conditions, but becomes more open in dense shade. This plant stands sun, buds young, branches readily and does not mind heavy cutting for propagation! Extremely fragrant, snowy white flowers top lovely blue foliage like stars in the sky. One of the best dwarf rhododendrons, this species has a tight compact habit with attractive silver-gray foliage. Rhododendron augustinii ssp. The open growth habit does make an enjoyable plant. North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee mountains. Flower buds are a delicate pink that open to blush white blossoms containing a freckling of soft green in the throat. The plant retains its leaves for 3 to 4 years. They are very hardy, among the hardiest and most shade tolerant rhododendrons. Medium height. A healthy plant in the right place with proper maintenance should have few problems. Buds young. Southgate™ Radiance, 'Tyler Morris': 'Royal Purple' x R. hyperythrum - It has deep lavender buds that open to light purple and has a medium-dense habit. Its reddish-purple flowers are held in medium sized, tight trusses. Blue Jay –  5', -10F. Does best with partial shade. Cold and heat tolerant and sun and shade tolerant. It's a strong grower and flowers in abundance, a radiant blue color not to be forgotten. It covers itself with luscious light pink flowers from top to bottom. P.J.M.' It is a hybrid rhododendron that grows to a height of only 30 inches. It grows to a height of 2' and width of 18" to 24". The foliage is large, leek green and on sturdy stems that are well able to hold up the huge trusses. For deciduous azaleas, cuttings may need bottom warmth of 75° and artificial light to promote root growth. [Return to List]. A. Bedford –  6', -5F. In its original form the Kyushu azalea is covered in mid-spring with 8- to 10-inch clusters of lilac pink flowers, but there are many named hybrids derived from this species. Extremely early pink trusses. Rhododendrons require the proper mix of sun and shade, but acid soil is also a must for plants of this genus. Needs pruning to keep it compact. Often there are six or eight flower buds per stem that open to a delightful pastel orchid pink. The large flower is pure white with a striking gold blotch, set in large, ball shaped trusses on a vigorous grower. Hino Crimson –  Early, -10F, Low/Med. Compact in habit, it likes the sun, has good foliage, is hardy and vigorous, and has alluring, bright, creamy yellow flowers. It takes on an upright, rounded, dense, spreading shape, growing irregular with age. Dwarf rhododendrons come in a dazzling rainbow array of colours, unmatched by any other group of dwarf … Tolerates sun and shade. Flowers are rounded trusses emerging first as blush pink and quickly fading to white, much like yak hybrids. This rhododendron has true hardiness in a red. Tangelo –  (Greer, Exbury type) Like biting into a sweet, juicy tangelo, soft, warm orange floods the garden when this flowers. Just as attractive as the flowers is the glossy dark green foliage, that is held for three years on a vigorous, but compact, plant. Since then, azalea breeders have developed many cultivars, such as "Blaauw's Pink" (Rhododendron "Blaauw's Pink"), which grows in USDA zones 6 through 9, and "Hino-crimson" (Rhododendron "Hino-crimson"), which is hardy in USDA zones 5 through 8. Southland – 2', -10F. Pale yellow flowers, named as a tribute from George Beasley to his wife Mary. Blue Peter –  4-5', -10F. Aromatic when crushed. This is the rhododendron for that sunny spot in the yard as it does best in the sun. One of the few yellow rhododendrons that will do well in sunny locations. It is delightfully fragrant. The goal is to be able to raise have rhododendron hybrids that will grow is the Southeastern US and still be hardy in the Mid-Atlantic states. Sun and heat tolerant. Sun and heat tolerant. The plant is dense and well clothed in leathery leaves that are a rich, matte green in summer. These lepidote rhododendrons are described above: Rhododendrons and azaleas are among the most popular flowering plants for shade. The deep red-purple flowers have a distinct "black eye" on the upper lobe. Double, lavender-blue flowers with a large golden flare on the upper dorsal lobe give extra interest to this hardy, sun tolerant hybrid. Each pearl pink flower is made showier by a dark rose blotch at the base. In general, most Azaleas will grow very well if they receive four hours or more of bright sun per day. Blooms in mid-season. A dependable rhododendron. 10 Varieties of Rhododendrons to Try in Your Yard (+ Growing Tips) Looking for an evergreen shrub that loves the shade, bears large flowers, is low maintenance and will last for decades? ‘Purple Gem’ is a dwarf rhododendron which grows to 2 feet and is an early season bloomer. It is a mixed group, including forms and hybrids of R. indicum X R. simsii and 'Mucronatum' forms X R. indicum. For heat and sun tolerance this is extremely good and fairly good for cold hardiness. Dr. Thornton started this breeding effort in the early 1970s. Broadleaf evergreen shrub, dwarf, 2 ft (0.6 m), taller in the shade. Southgate™ Grace, 'Elizabeth Arden': 'English [Return to List]. Southgate™ Breezy, 'Breezy': 'Janet Blair' x Blue Diamond – 3', -5F. Fragrant Star –  (Briggs)  4', -20F. Use these many-stemmed plants to bring structure to your garden and add vibrant color to those shady spots! Broad, bushy plant. Rhododendron calendulaceum – 6', -10F, the flame azalea, is a native American species, growing 4 to 6 feet high. Fertilize lightly, as an excess of fertilizer will cause foliage burn more easily than on most rhododendrons. Wyandanch Pin – 5', -15F. Pathfinder –    Orange buds open to golden flowers, deep golden blotch [Return to List]. Rolled, glossy leaves are tightly spaced on the stems of this dense mound. FRAGRANT. Type: Broadleaf. Nova Zembla –  5 ', -25F. In fact, all of them need some sun to produce flower buds, but some need more sun than others. Mrs. Charles E. Pearson – 6', -5F. Most will grow in heavy shade but become leggy with weak growth and will produce few if any flower buds. They must be grown like orchids. Super vigorous with lush foliage. Each truss holds many widely flared, funnel shaped flowers. Plenty of glossy, dark green leaves dress 'Cheer'. High Tide –    Ivory with gold blotch and light pink flush petals. Relatively few rhododendrons are fully hardy in the Chicago area or can cope well with its alkaline soils. maroon blotch and a medium-dense habit with [Return to List]. A good, strong grower with excellent sun tolerance. DETAIL. They include the following: Ramapo –  2', -25F. It's vigorous, cold hardy, heat and sun resistant. Evergreen flowering rhododendron shrubs thrive in … A deep yellow that blooms in June. Daphnoides – 4', -15F. [Return to List]. A lepidote with glossy apple green foliage and large pink, somewhat bell-shaped early flowers. Planted in the open, it grows to a dense 2½' mound, although it adapts well for use as hedging. Has small, bright red, funnel shaped flowers that are held above smooth, green leaves. [Return to List]. Clear, light pink flowers have a dark blotch in an upright compact truss. Dense and lush foliage with dark green leaves. The profuse flowers are lavender-blue with pansy-violet edges and a distinctive dahlia-purple blotch. County of York – 6', -15F. Raley': 'Scintillation' x white form of R. hyperythrum - It has deep pink buds that open Evergreen Rhododendron Shrubs. The species and hybrids listed here bloom especially well in the minimal sun and bright light of open to medium shade, and two of them, Snowlady and the Royal Azalea, will even bloom in deep shade. Scarlet Wonder – 2', -15F. The flowers are bright lavender-pink. Platinum Pear – 6', -10F. Felt green leaves are held by red petioles on this shapely, heat tolerant hybrid. A site with filtered light is best for ´Bow Bells´. These azalea bushes can be kept small - 3 feet or less - and grow more slowly than full-size azaleas. Small, glossy, leathery, elliptical leaves 2 to 3 in. Goldsworth Orange – 5', -5F. This plant is very hardy. Long known as a staple of Southern gardens, Rhododendrons are actually hardy for all but the coldest regions of the country. Showy flowers bloom in mid-summer in shades of pink, peach, purple and white. Flowers attract hummingbirds. Adaptable, Colorful & Fragrant • Drought and heat tolerant • Disease and pest resistant • Low-maintenance These Red Rhododendrons are extremely drought and heat tolerant... but still burst with vibrant red blooms! That means areas with trees that cast shade with sun filtering through, or areas that are in shade part of the day and sun part of the day. They include the following: Ramapo – 2', -20F. A few Rhododendron varieties such as Caroline', 'Scintillation', 'Lee's Dark Purple', Yakushimanum hybrids, 'Hong Kong and the hardy varieties from Finland must have some shade in midday or the foliage will yellow or even burn –  especially during a hot summer. The lush leaves are glossy green. It has red buds, opening to rose pink flowers, with red flecks in the throat and a white circle in the throat that slowly grows larger each day. Rhododendron minus – 4', -15F, the Carolina rhododendron, is a native American plant that grows wild in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. [Return to Top]. In full shade the azalea will produce far fewer blooms but the foliage often can look healthy despite a spindly distribution of branches. A nice looking contrast with other plants. It is a spicy scented hybrid with great foliage. Purplish tinge in winter, some older leaves turning yellow and falling off. The name means “Ball of Snow” in French. A few Rhododendron varieties such as Caroline', 'Scintillation', Yakushimanum hybrids, 'Hong Kong and the hardy varieties from Finland must have some shade in midday or the foliage will yellow or even burn –  especially during a hot summer. The hybrid Rhododendron P.J.M. Some types of rhododendrons that lose their leaves in winter are commonly called azaleas. Wildlife Value: Flowers attract hummingbirds. Encore® azaleas need full sun in order to rebloom properly. It prefers full sun to partial shade in well-drained acidic, high organic matter soils. Sonata – 3', 0F. Other diseases include canker, crown rot, root rot, rust, and powdery mildew. Plant Catalogue for 2009 ARS Fall Conference, Last Updated: It wants bright shade or dappled sunlight, but by no means deep shade. The foliage is narrow and recurved. It is an excellent choice for a small bed or long, low border. Form is rounded and the foliage is leathery and dark green until fall when it turns almost purplish. July 6, 2020. Rhododendron evergreen shrubs maintain year-round interest as they don’t lose their leaves. Very sun tolerant. Borne at the tips of the upright branches, the blossoms contrast beautifully with the evergreen foliage of rounde… After flowering, it has bronzy-red new growth. [Return to List]. PJM is cold hardy and tolerant of heat and sun. Among the most sun tolerant plants are deciduous azaleas. A very low growing rhododendron cultivar. Insect problems include aphids, borers, lacebugs, leafhoppers, mealybugs, mites, nematodes, scale, thrips and whitefly. Supplemental feeding later is not normally needed, but if a plant appears pale or droopy, apply cottonseed meal or a fertilizer for acid-loving plants around its base in early spring. It is hardy to Zone 5, -15 F. Its many branches are densely covered with oval evergreen leaves, 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches long, matted with hairs. Up to 6′ tall, 2′ wide. Tolerates sun and shade. Pride Of Mobile (Elegans Superbum) –  Blooms in mid-season. White, dome trusses are bright and numerous. Old specimens can reach heights of 12-15 feet and have multiple stems or trunks up to 5" in diameter. It is 3 to 6 feet high with a naturally rounded shape and dark green leaves 3 inches long. 'Catalode' x R. hyperythrum - It has light-pink Branches vigorously. Fastuosum Flore Pleno – 6', -15F. •• Providing Information about the Genus Rhododendron since 1996, Home - Henning's Rhododendron & Azalea Pages, ARSStore.org - All purchases benefit the ARS, First 50 Years of Hybrids and Hybridizers, Index for Henning's Rhododendron & Azalea Pages, Index to Rhododendron and Azalea Species Photos and Descriptions, Index to Hybrid Rhododendron and Azalea Photos and Descriptions, Index to Pennsylvania Rhododendron and Azalea Photos and Descriptions, The Other Rhododendron Groups: Choniastrum, Ledum, and Therorhodion, Steve's Photos of Rhododendron & Azalea Species, Steve's Photos of Rhododendron & Azalea Hybrids, Hirsutum Website of Rhododendron Photos and Information. The foliage and the plant are similar to 'PJM', as its parentage is related; however, the chapmanii in this plant provides more heat tolerance than the carolinianum in 'PJM'. A plant of good reputation in the East. Grows best in partial shade and cool, moist, well-drained, acidic, rich soil. Rhododendron kiusianum – 3', +5F, the Kyushu azalea, is a low-growing Japanese species, only 18 inches high. Dark rose flowers with golden throats. 'Red Eye' is a misnomer because the "eye" isn't always red. ‘Rosy Lights’ is an azalea that offers extra cold hardiness. This species has very long stamens and the tube of the flower is often flushed with red but there is no blotch. Very sun tolerant. Its small leaves will stand sun and makes a plant to be admired in the garden. This hybrid group was developed from a large collection of Belgian Indian hybrids in the Southeastern US around 1870. R. austrinum makes an excellent landscape plant as well as a valuable hybridizing resource, especially in southern gardens where heat tolerance is important. The plant will stand more sun and exposure than most. Boule de Neige – 5’, -25F. Flowers range in color from lilac to rose with green or brown markings in the throat. 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