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Rhododendron maximum

Native Plants

Rosebay Rhododendron

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Summary

Luxuriant and bold, rosebay rhododendron (Rhododendron maximum) is a stunning broad-leaved evergreen for the garden or naturalized in the woodland landscape. This multi-stemmed, upright spreading shrub can grow 10-12′ tall and wide under ideal conditions. In early summer, mature branches produce large clusters, or trusses, with up to 25 white to pale pink flowers. Rosebay rhododendron requires filtered shade to shade and acidic soils, but can tolerate more sun if soils are moist and well drained. It grows well with Canada hemlock (Tsuga canadensis), drooping leucothoe (Leucothoe fontanesiana), Carolina silverbell (Halesia tetraptera), fringe tree (Chionanthus virginicus), Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides), pinxterbloom azalea (Rhododendron periclymenoides), wild ginger (Asarum canadense), and arrowleaf heartleaf (Hexastylis arifolia). Zones 3-7. 


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  • Plant Type
    shrub 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-to-partial-shade 
  • Foliage Character
    evergreen 
  • Soil Moisture
    average-to-moist 
  • Flowering Period
    early-summer
  • Soil PH
    acidic 
  • Flower Color
    lavender, pink, white 
  • Summer Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fall Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    brown