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Rhododendron Praecox

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Dwarf Rhododendron

Beautiful flowers and evergreen foliage

A small upright shrub that produces violet-purple bell shaped flowers in late winter and early spring on the tips of the branches. It has glossy dark green oval leaves.

Where?

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.

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 Praecox flowers early in the year adding spring colour to a garden.

Plant details


In depth plant information

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Plant type Rhododendron
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available September - June
Season of interest Winter
Flowering December - February
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 100 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 100 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 40 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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

Typically available

From September to June