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botanical name:
Rhododendron grande
Rhododendron grande © Deeproot Plant Base
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family:  Ericaceae
characteristics: shrub, evergreen
height: 8.00m
width: 8.00m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: broad headed
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: cream
stem/bark: brown
main season: Spring
poison symbol poisonous or irritant
aspect: part shade
conditions: moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: acid
minimum temp: -5°C
USDA zone: 9 to 9
Imposing small tree or large shrub with attractive large leathery, glossy dark green leaves, silvery white or buff underneath, up to 30cm long. Makes a dramatic show in spring with dense rounded trusses of bell-shaped, cream flowers with a purple basal blotch inside, opening from pink buds.

Needs a sheltered woodland position with moist lime-free soil in a mild location.

Architectural specimen for large woodland gardens.

other notes:
From Eastern Nepal, Sikkim and Bhutan. Introduced by Sir Joseph Hooker in 1850.
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