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Rhododendron luteum

yellow azalea, sweet pontica azalea

Sweetly scented bright yellow flowers

A fast growing azalea producing the most fantastic display of sweetly scented bright yellow flowers in spring. It is a deciduous plant producing bright green leaves in spring which then turn various shades of orange in the autumn.


Best in partial shade in moist, well-drained, humus-rich, acidic soil.


Must be grown in acidic soil conditions so it is best to test your soil before planting. If your soil is alkaline or neutral this plant can be grown in a container using ericaceous compost.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available September - June
Season of interest Spring
Flowering April - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 250 cm - 400 cm
Plant width 250 cm - 400 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Hazardous No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 300 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Acid, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium, Moist
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 Informal garden, Flower border and beds, Courtyard garden, Wildlife garden

Typically available

From September to June