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Dwarf Rhododendron

Rhododendron keiskei

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Dwarf Rhododendron (Rhododendron keiskei) at Greenbloom Landscape Design

Dwarf Rhododendron flowers

Dwarf Rhododendron flowers

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Dwarf Rhododendron (Rhododendron keiskei) at Greenbloom Landscape Design

Dwarf Rhododendron flowers

Dwarf Rhododendron flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  3 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6b

Other Names:  Yak Rhododendron

Description:

An attractive broadleaf evergreen shrub featuring cream to pale yellow flowers in spring and a compact habit, good in partial shade; absolutely must have well-drained, highly acidic and organic soil, use plenty of peat moss when planting

Ornamental Features

Dwarf Rhododendron is clothed in stunning clusters of buttery yellow trumpet-shaped flowers at the ends of the branches in mid spring. It has green foliage. The small oval leaves remain green throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Dwarf Rhododendron is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Dwarf Rhododendron is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Dwarf Rhododendron will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Rock  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

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