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Rhododendron 'Bluebird Group'


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Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour






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Plant details

This rich lavender or violet-blue variety has been grown since 1930, and is still popular for its fine colour and profuse flowering. One parent is R. augustinii, a memorable blue species classed as a Triflora, its huge blooms grouped in threes rather than in denser clusters. The other is R. intricatum, a dense, dwarf, twiggy shrub from China. The result is a small, slow-growing shrub, ideal for the larger rock garden or container, with masses of large violet-blue flowers in small compact trusses. Plants are a little variable, and the variety is often listed as Bluebird Group.

Family: Ericaceae

Genus: Rhododendron

Cultivar: Bluebird Group

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Violet

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 90cm

Spread: 120cm

Reader reviews

stephen eshmade

rhododendrons are one of my favourite plants.

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