Rhododendron occidentale BL


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Plant Description:deciduous shrub of great beauty and captivating fragrance. Its large floral trusses are visually compelling by any standard: five to fifteen sparkling white or pink, flaring trumpet-shaped flowers, marked with a bright yellow to orange spot. The flowers emerge before the leaves, bestowing maximal effect. The foliage emerges a bright shiny green; the leaves are oval to obovate (wider toward the top) and end in a bluntish point. In late autumn, the leaves typically turn a golden yellow, though orange and deep scarlet also occur.

  • Height: 15 ft
  • Width: 10 ft
  • Watering Needs: Needs moderate to high routine moisture
  • Sun Needs: Sun to partial shade
  • Soil Needs: Slow draining
  • Bloom Time: Spring

Landscape Use and Ecological Function: Rhododendron occidentaleis is native to California and Oregon, west of the Cascades, and inhabits a variety of habitats. It is most often found in streambanks, seeps, wet meadows, or other moist areas within or adjacent to forest or woodlands, typically in mountainous areas. We recommend growing this plant in meadowscapes. Not only is it an excellent addition to the landscape, it also creates habitat for wildlife. 

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