Rhododendron

Rhododendron occidentale

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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Winter, Spring

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Cuttings should be taken in spring, from new growth.

Propagation

Seed

Difficult to grow seed outside the Pacific Northwest and California. Seed is rarely a practical method, but rather cuttings are made.

Cuttings

The cutting environment should be humid. Softwood cuttings are taken from the new growth. Dip in rooting hormone and keep moist.

Layering

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.

Special features

Wet sites

This shrub is tolerant of wet soils and can be found in wetlands and along creeks in its native environment.

Autumn colour

During fall, leaves will turn yellow, scarlet or crimson.

Attractive flowers

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.

Special features

Origin

West Coast, United States of America.

Natural climate

Temperate to Cold

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Ornamental

Grown for their beautiful showy flowers.

Personality

Family

Ericaceae

Flower colour

Pink, Cream, White

Scent

Strong

Problems

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.

Companion plants

Select companion plants that do not compete for moisture, unless you live in a high rainfall area.
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