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Rhododendron Molten Gold

Hardy Hybrid Rhododendron

Possibly the best variegated rhododendron variety available

A striking medium-sized shrub, with distinctive variegated leaves that are streaked with creamy-yellow. In May it is covered in purple-pink flowers. It has the distinction of keeping its distinct leaf-colouring better than most variegated rhododendrons.

Where?

This hardy hybrid rhododendron can be planted in beds, borders, or on slopes and looks great in cottage and informal gardens. It can be located in full sun or partial shade. Protect the flowers from frost damage.

How?

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

Rhododendron Molten Gold was found in Norfolk.

Plant details


In depth plant information

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Plant type Rhododendron
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available September - June
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 115 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 125 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 45 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