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Rhododendron Cunningham's White

Hardy Hybrid Rhododendron

Will tolerate virtually neutral soil conditions and still put on a great show

Marvellous clusters of pure white flowers burst from soft pink buds every spring. The flowers virtually cover its dense mound of rich green leaves.

Where?

Best in sheltered position in part shade, ideal towards the back of a border where it will create a colourful spring highlight and act as a lovely backdrop to other plants for the rest of the year.

How?

An acid loving plant (although will tolerate nearly neutral conditions) that needs a lime-free soil, or create a raised bed and fill with ericaceous compost specially formulated for acid loving plants. Remove faded flowers to keep tidy.

Plant details


In depth plant information

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Plant type Rhododendron
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available September - June
Season of interest Spring
Flowering March - May
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 150 cm - 250 cm
Plant width 250 cm - 400 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 65 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. If planting in a bed or border test the soil to establish its pH. If the soil is too alkali it is best to grow your plant in a container. In either case prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig ericaceous compost into the base of the hole, if planting in a container use ericaceous compost to fill the pot. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From September to June