Independense Rosebay Rhododendron

Published on May 30, 2012 by Casey

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This large native shrub features long, strap-like foliage and spreading, woody branches that form a big, thick, spreading presence. Big buds open in early July, far later than most Rhododendron, with big, beautiful clear pink flower trusses. A superb plant for woodland areas, cover and nesting.

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Benefits

  • Big evergreen form offers loads of critter cover
  • Huge flower trusses early summer
  • Thrives in shaded, wooded areas
  • Great for sprawling border areas
  • Perfect nesting spot for many songbirds

Native Range

Wooded, hilly areas from Maine south to Georgia and west to Tennessee and Ohio

Native Trivia

In order to protect itself from cold temperatures, Rhododendron leaves roll up in temperatures below 25 F to conserve moisture and unfurl when warm temperatures return.

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
• Medium to Tall Shrubs

Exposure
• Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
• Shade
• Filtered Shade

Soil
• Well-drained
• Wide soil tolerance

Soil Moisture Preference
• Average
• Moist but well-drained

Attracts Wildlife
• Butterflies
• Songbirds

Bloom Time
• Late Spring / Early Summer

Habitat Collection
• Butterfly
• Dry Shade
• Songbird

Foliage Color
• Green

Uses
• Fragrant
• Hedge, screen
• Mass plant
• Evergreen

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