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The history of the introduction of the Rhododendron family to the western world reads somewhat like the script of an Indiana Jones movie. Devoted horticultural pioneers of the 19th century risked life and limb in the remote mountainous regions of China to seek out desirable species. The British Empire had an endless apetite for Rhododendrons which had to be satisfied!   This was no simple Chinese Takeaway. Marauding tribesmen and man-hunting dogs along with pests and diseases were a very real and dangerous threat. We can be grateful that through them we now know of aproximately 900 species of Rhododendron which have been inter-bred to create more than 10,000 hybrids. There is really no excuse for not finding a Rhododendron that apeals.  


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Picture of Rhododendron Rubicon
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aka Rhodo

A stunning red Rhododendron with large trusses of up to 18 flowers in cardinal red and a spotted black throat. An excellent shrub for semi shade and prefers moist peat soils. Enjoys a top dressing of peat. Evergreen

 

Colour: Red / Red
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m

Rhododendron Rubicon

Current Stock Height: 30/40 cm  ? 

Container: 3l  ? 

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Picture of Rhododendron Saffron Queen
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aka Rhododendron

Small trumpet shaped flowers of soft saffron yellow are ideal to bring light into a shady corner. The leaves are long, narrow and quite glossy. Generous with bloom in mid spring. Happiest in semi-shade with acid soil. Mulch annually to keep the roots cool. Evergreen.

 

Colour: Yellow
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5 x 1.5m

Rhododendron Saffron Queen

Current Stock Height: 60/70 cm  ? 

Container: 6l  ? 

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aka Rhododendron

Narrow foliage in tones of olive green and an open habit. In spring striking blooms of white, blotched with purple-black appear in nice round trusses. Plant in semi-shade with acid soil for best results. Mulch annually to keep the roots cool. Evergreen.

 

Colour: White / Red
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.8m

Rhododendron Sappho

Current Stock Height: 70/80 cm  ? 

Container: 6l  ? 

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aka Rhododendron

Well I haven't ever seen a Sierra Sunset but if it looks like this Rhododendron in flower then I know it is truly beautiful. Handsome foliage and gorgeous luminous blooms in tones of red, yellow, orange and cream. Plant in a semi-shaded spot with acid soil. Evergreen.


 

Colour: Pink
Habit: Compact
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m

Rhododendron Sierra Sunset

Current Stock Height: 20 cm

Container: 3l  ? 

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aka Rhododendron

Yes a Rhododendron with variegated foliage in tones of silver and green - very striking and eye-catching. A strong upright grower that blooms mid spring with pretty light mauve-purple flowers. Plant in semi-shade with acid soil. Evergreen.

 

Colour: Mauve
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m

Rhododendron Silver Edge

Current Stock Height: 60/70 cm  ? 

Container: 6l  ? 

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aka Rhododendron

If you like Rhododendrons then it would be criminal not to include this hardy and vigorous cultivar in your collection. Tight trusses of bright carmine pink will put on a wonderful display in early spring. Plant in semi-shade with acid soil for best results. Evergreen.

Sir Robert Peel was the founder of the modern day Police Force hence the common names used in the UK for the police:- "Bobbies" and/or "Peelers".

 

Colour: Red
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4.5m x 2m

Rhododendron Sir Robert Peel

Current Stock Height: 80/90 cm  ? 

Container: 6l  ? 

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Picture of Rhododendron Sneezy Dwf
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aka Rhododendron

With a name like 'Sneezy' you will not be surprised to learn that this is a dwarf Rhododendron with a low compact habit. The mid spring blooms are soft pink edged with deep pink. Ideal for a semi-shaded spot in the garden or perhaps a container. Prefers acid soil. Evergreen.

 

Colour: Pink / Red
Habit: Compact
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm

Rhododendron Sneezy

Current Stock Height: 20 cm

Container: 3l  ? 

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Picture of Rhododendron Snow Lady
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aka Rhododendron

A compact Rhododendron with interesting green foliage that is slightly "furry". In spring large, waxy, white trumpets of bloom put on a real show. Lovely for a semi-shaded spot in the garden or can be container grown. Prefers acid soil. Evergreen.

 

Colour: White
Habit: Compact
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 1m

Rhododendron Snow Lady

Current Stock Height: 25/35 cm  ? 

Container: 3l  ? 

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Picture of Rhododendron Solidarity
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Yakushimanum hybrid with flamboyant pink flower colour. The flower colour is red from bud, later bright pink. This plant is hardy. Lovely long eliptical leaves. Plant in semi shade, avoid Lime and mulch annually for best results. Evergreen.

 

Colour: Dark rose / Pink
Habit: Rounded
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 2m

Rhododendron Solidarity

Current Stock Height: 35/45  ? 

Container: 6l  ? 

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aka Rhododendron

A very fragrant Rhododendron with white, blushed pink blooms that appear in spring. Tends to have a slightly open habit. Prefers a sheltered position in the semi-shade away from frost. Avoid lime, acid lover. Evergreen.

 

Colour: White / Pink
Habit: Open
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 80cm

Rhododendron Suave

Current Stock Height: 25/35 cm  ? 

Container: 3l  ? 

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