Rhododendron roxieanum var. oreonastes

Rhododendron roxieanum var. oreonastes
Rhododendron roxieanum var. oreonastes 
rhododendron
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 1.3-1.8m
USUAL WIDTH 1.3-1.8m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS white
BLOOMING TIME May
LOCATION full to partial sun
USDA zone (lowest)
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
Exotics
Rarities
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Rhododendrons are reliable, beautifully flowering, evergreen shrubs of variable origin: S.W. China, Himalayas, Northern America, and even Europe. The original species were hybridized several times for better performance so in the 1950´s there were more than 10,000 cultivars registered, and the number keeps increasing.

This rhododendron is so handsome! From Tibet-Yunnan border in China comes a plant that was first described in 1915, and has been cultivated by collectors and rhodo lovers all over the world. Just one look at its extraordinary leaves makes you want it. They are narrowly linear, needle-like, as an imitation of Japanese umbrella pine leaves, very dark green, glossy, and covered with suede-like, light brown indumentum on the reverse.

Flowers are broadly campanulate, almost white with soft pink hues as they open from rich pink buds. Inside they are decorated with pretty red dots. They come out in late May. Blooming is quite shy - number of flowers is not large and plants may not bloom every year. Yet it is such a jewel you must love it. It forms a dense, moderately growing shrub almost 2m tall and wide in maturity.

Grow this type in full sun or partial shade, just make sure it is always well mulched. 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. Its bottom hardiness has not been discovered yet. After a century of cultivation all around the world it is recommended to warmer parts of zone 6 and up, however, it may take a few degrees lower so you can be the first to trial that.

Last update 18-01-2018
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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.
  • 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.
  • 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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