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Williams rhododendron

Rhododendron williamsianum

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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

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