Grow an Explosion of White Flowers Every Spring
- A wave of flowers overtakes this shrub every spring for an impressive display.
- As a deciduous evergreen, enjoy striking foliage even in the winter.
- This rare pure white rhododendron is one of the most cold-hardy cultivars.
Few plants put on such an epic display of rhododendrons in the springtime. When the spring bulbs emerge, the white rhododendron will soon follow with huge clusters of flowers. Atop each flush of new glossy leaves, 8-10 flowers appear. The result is a bright and classy evergreen display to make your house the envy of the block.
Often referred to as the iron-clad rhododendron, the white rhododendron is one of the hardiest varieties you can find. It’s easy to grow, drought tolerant, and won’t get too picky about the soil or shade. Although, dappled sun and well-drained soil will make for a happy shrub.
Native to the eastern USA, rhododendrons perfectly suit a woodland garden or shade garden. They work well planted in mass for landscape designs or in a row for a border or hedge. Smaller than other rhododendrons, the white variety works well as a supporting player.
Because of their neutral color, white rhododendrons pair well with many other rhododendrons. Plant them amongst different colors for a mass display of color and beauty come spring. They also pair well with hydrangeas, holly, hostas, coral bells, narcissus, and bleeding heart.
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Are white rhododendrons rare?
Pure white rhododendrons are hard to find. Most of them will have a green, yellow, or pink tint. The Rhododendron catawbiense Album is one of the most reliable white varieties.
How big do white rhododendrons get?
White rhododendrons are considered medium-sized shrubs. They can get up to 5 ft tall and wide.
Do rhododendrons do better in the sun or shade?
Rhododendrons can grow well in full or partial sun. In northern climates, they do well in more sun, while hotter climates will want to shelter leaves from the hot afternoon sun to prevent scorching. The ideal conditions are dappled sunlight.
White rhododendrons prefer full to partial sunlight and soil with good drainage. Dig a hole approximately three times the size of the root ball. Mix in compost before planting the rhododendron. Backfill the soil and water well.
Water frequently until the plant is established, about once a week. If the soil is dry three inches down, it’s time to water.
If there’s slow growth, apply fertilizer after the blooms have finished in the summer.
Mulching: In cold regions, it is recommended to mulch after planting. Mulch helps to retain moisture and stabilize the soil temperature for the shallow roots.
Pruning: Remove dead or diseased branches at any time of the year. Pruning may help increase flower production. Prune for flowers and shape after the plant has finished blooming.