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Rhododendron Kalinka

Yakushimanum Rhododendron

Masses of red buds developing into bright pink flowers

A small shrub with stunning, glossy dark green leaves and in May clusters of gorgeous pink flowers with a pale yellow centre. The flowers gradually become darker as they mature.


This Yakushimanum rhododendron can be planted in beds, borders or on a slope and looks great in a cottage garden or a container. Grow in a sheltered spot and protect from severe frost. It is happy in full sun or partial shade.


This plant loves any type of soil that is acidic, so for best results use a good amount of ericaceous compost when planting.

Rhododendron Kalinka is hardy and is loved by bees and wildlife.

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 165 cm - 200 cm
Plant width 170 cm - 200 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 60 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, 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 Patio container, Flower border and beds, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Banks and slopes

Typically available

From September to June