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Big, bodacious blooms! Anah Kruschke Rhododendron is an exuberant Accent that will make your garden sing. When blissful spring days have arrived, that’s when Anah struts her stuff. Large domed trusses of radiant rosy purple flowers adorn its sturdy branches, making a scintillating show. Bold, broad leaves make a worthy backdrop to the voluptuous flowers, and they extend the plant’s interest right through the winter months. Pair Anah Kruschke Rhododendron with a Pine Tree or a Laceleaf Japanese Maple to accentuate the intriguing contrast of textures. Fabulous!
- Hardiness Zone: 6
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Hybrid Evergreen Rhododendrons are the result of years of patient breeding work done using countless species and forms of these spectacular Accents. Because of the efforts of so many professional and amateur plant lovers, we now have a rainbow of colors to choose from when selecting Rhododendrons for our homes. One website lists 15,000 varieties of Evergreen Rhododendrons in its database! “Anah Kruschke” may sound like an exotic name, but this selection originated right here in the USA. Oregon plantsman Franz Kruschke first grew the stunning Accent and named it after his wife. It was introduced in 1973.
Anah Kruschke Rhododendron is a slow grower with a compact habit, but in ideal climates it can eventually get quite large. Give it plenty of space in the landscape.
How to Grow
Rhododendrons appreciate a little pampering. They thrive when shielded from hot summer sun (though Anah is more heat- and sun-tolerant than most) and given moist but well-drained, acidic soil. They never like to dry out but don’t care for soggy conditions, either. Rhododendrons can “burn” from harsh chemical fertilizers, so feed with a gentle organic product like Bower & Branch Elements™ Fertilizer. Azalea lace bug can sometimes be an issue, but specimens grown in optimal conditions in most cases will remain healthy and resistant to attack. If pruning is necessary, trim your Anah Kruschke Rhododendron immediately after blooming, as next year’s flower buds are formed in summer.
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