Honeysuckle Azalea, Western Azalea, Pacific Azalea
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Rhododendrons are plants of great beauty and one of the most attractive and often aromatic. Rhododendron occidentale is a slow growing shrub, that grows mainly in temperate climates and loves acidic soils. It is a very showy and fragrant large shrub to small tree, fit to use in the back in large flower beds.
Cuttings should be taken in spring, from new growth.
Difficult to grow seed outside the Pacific Northwest and California. Seed is rarely a practical method, but rather cuttings are made.
The cutting environment should be humid. Softwood cuttings are taken from the new growth. Dip in rooting hormone and keep moist.
Often best way in a garden; lay a low growing branch on the ground and put a rock over to keep it still until rooted. Cut off and replant.
This shrub is tolerant of wet soils and can be found in wetlands and along creeks in its native environment.
During fall, leaves will turn yellow, scarlet or crimson.
Flowers may have creamy-white or pink flowers, with a golden blotch. Pretty bundles of flowers are often fragrant, with 6 to 12 funnel-shaped flowers per stem.
West Coast, United States of America.
Temperate to Cold
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Grown for their beautiful showy flowers.
Pink, Cream, White
Although usually found in wetlands, like other rhododendrons, it does not grow with its roots submerged in water, this will lead to root rot problems.
Select companion plants that do not compete for moisture, unless you live in a high rainfall area.