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Rhododendron arboreum

Classification

Order: Ericales
   Family: Ericaceae
            Genus: Rhododendron
                        Specie: Rhododendron arboreum

Planting Season: Evergreen

Height at Maturity: 60 ft (18 m)

Cultivation: Well-drained, organically-rich, acidic soil

Features: Tough green leaves, hairy brown beneath; blood red flowers

Uses: Understory plant Woodland gardens Large gardens

Zones: 7?9

Description: A common plant of the Himalayan rhododendron forests, this slow-growing tree species, best suited to the larger garden, can reach as much as 60 ft (18 m) in the wild, but less in cultivation. Flowers are fleshy, narrowly bell-shaped, 2 in (5 cm) wide, and

Growth Habit: Spreading branching habit

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