Rhododendron ludolwii 'LILLY BELL SUN'

Rhododendron ludolwii
Rhododendron ludolwii 'LILLY BELL SUN'
dwarf rhododendron
SIZE/TYPE small shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 0.3-0.5m
USUAL WIDTH 0.5-0.8m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS yellow
BLOOMING TIME May
LOCATION full to partial sun
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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In 2015 German nursery Hellwig introduced their new series of dwarf rhododendrons named Lilly Bell. They are coloured selections of existing species where each variety presents the best of itself as far as flower colour and plant habit. The species included are campylogynum, keleticum, repens, ludolwi, and impeditum. Original plants are marketed in branded, colour-coded, 3-liter pots with the Lilly Bell fairy logo.

Lilly Bell Sun is a dwarf and profusely flowering variety of rhododendron ludlowii. Its evergreen leaves are small, leathery, ovate, and mid green, turning bronze in winter. It gets completely smothered with pale yellow, broadly campanulate flowers in mid spring. It grows slowly into a compact shrub of equal height and width when young (5-7 years), and when it reaches about 40 cm high it slows down vertical growth and starts spreading to sides, forming a dense cushion.

Dwarf rhododendrons seldom require deadheading. 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 leave-mould. It is hardy to min. -24°C (USDA zone 6) and is expected to take a couple of degrees lower.

Last update 17-01-2018
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  • 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.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • 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.
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  • 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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