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Rhododendron Patty Bee


Dwarf Rhododendron

Perfect for a smaller garden

A compact, dwarf shrub with large trumpet-shaped soft lemon yellow flowers, in April and early May. In the winter the leaves turn bronze-plum in colour.


This dwarf rhododendron is ideal in a container, planted at the front of a border, or on a slope and looks great in cottage and informal gardens. It can be located in a sheltered spot, in full sun or partial shade. Protect the flowers from frost damage.


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

Rhododendron Dwarf Patty Bee was bred by Warren Berg in America and has been awarded The Royal Society’s Award of Garden Merit. It is attractive to birds, bees and butterflies.

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 50 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 50 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 25 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
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 Patio container, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Garden edging, Flower border and beds, Banks and slopes

Typically available

From September to June