This rhododendron from China is quite unlike most of the better known species planted in gardens today. Its leaves are small, oval and, when young, bronze. Dainty-looking, pink, bell-shaped flowers bloom in spring. Williams rhododendron reaches just 5 feet tall and almost as wide, making it a nice choice for beds and borders in a shady area.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsSmall egg-shaped leaves on light colored branches. Pink bell-shaped flowers. New growth is bronze.
CareProvide sun or part shade and acidic, woodsy, rich, moist but well-drained soil. Plant shallowly.
PropagationRoot cuttings in late summer or fall, or layer in fall.
ProblemsPowdery mildew, bud blast, rust, leafy gall, petal blight, root rot, lime-induced chlorosis, vine weevil, whiteflies, leafhoppers, lacebugs, scale insects, caterpillars, aphids.
- Genus : Rhododendron
- Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
- Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
- Zones : 7, 8, 9
- Bloom Time : Early Spring, Late Spring, Spring
- Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
- Maintenance : Low
- Moisture : Medium Moisture
- Flower Color : Pink
- Uses : Shade
- Characteristics : Showy Foliage
- Plant Type : Shrubs
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest