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Rhododendron luteum

Rhododendron

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour

Yellow

Feature

Autumn colour, Scented flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Experienced

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Plant details

Formerly known as Azalea pontica, this central European species has been cultivated in gardens for two centuries and has now become naturalised in places. It is a deciduous azalea, making a large open bush with long sticky drooping leaves which turn gorgeous shades of purple, crimson and orange for a month or two in autumn. The blooms are a bright clear yellow in open rounded heads, with a rich and unforgettable fragrance. Plants prefer dappled shade, and are ideal for growing under deciduous trees or at the back of a shaded border. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Ericaceae

Genus: Rhododendron

Species: luteum

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Autumn colour, Scented flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 150cm

Spread: 150cm


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