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Dreamy pinkish lavender blossoms on this precious Accent create a pretty spring picture in your landscape. Ramapo Rhododendron’s sweet lilac blooms greet the warming days with an enthusiasm that’s contagious. Plant it at the edge of a woodland garden to intermingle with springtime wildflowers, or use it as an edger in the manicured beds around your home. Whether your style is formal or more natural, this elegant evergreen has a place in your landscape. Staying low and compact, it will never overwhelm the space it’s given, but remain a neat and tidy understory component. Delightful!
- Hardiness Zone: 5
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Hybrid Evergreen Rhododendrons are the glorious 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! East meets West in Ramapo Rhododendron, the result of a cross between a Chinese species and an American one. A New Jersey plantsman named G.G. Nearing introduced it in 1940.
Lovely leaves add to Ramapo Rhododendron’s appeal. New foliage emerges a soft gray-blue color, eventually deepening to a dark blue-green. The leaves have a refreshing, spicy, Pine-like scent, too.
How to Grow
Rhododendrons appreciate a little pampering. They thrive when shielded from hot summer sun 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 Ramapo Rhododendronimmediately after blooming, as next year’s flower buds are formed in summer.
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