Rhododendron 'CAROLINA SPRING'

Rhododendron
Rhododendron 'CAROLINA SPRING'
rhododendron
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 1-1.5m
USUAL WIDTH 1.3-2m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES varigated:green a cream
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS lilac
BLOOMING TIME May - June
LOCATION semi-shade to shade
USDA zone (lowest) 6   (down to -23°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Rhododendrons, azaleas, and mountain laurels
Evergreen broadleaf
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Carolina Spring is an awesome rhododendron variety from the USA. It has deep green, glossy leaves with rich cream to light yellow variegation which may take up 30-50% of adult leaves and even more on young ones. Moreover, the leaf margins are curved down. They cover the plant completely making a healthy and rich appearance.

Flowers are lilac pink to light violet and come out in small trusses in late May for 2-3 weeks. The shrub grows moderately, about 1m tall and 1.5m wide in 10 years. Variegated rhododendrons are commonly recommended for shaded or partly shaded locations protected especially from drying sun in late winter and early spring. Our specimen has some winter sunlight and survived with no damage even in harsh winter of 2011/2012.

For richer flowering and growth dead-head where possible. The roots are shallow, spreading to sides in search for nutrients. Never plant them too deep. The soil has to be acidic (pH 4.5-5.5), rich in humus, cool and always moist. Ideal soil mixture is peat with lime-free, light garden soil topped with leaf-mould. Hardy to min. -24°C (USDA zone 5-6), possibly more.

Last update 16-10-2012
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
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  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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