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Honey Butter Rhododendron
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The name doesn’t tell the whole story. Yes, Honey Butter Rhododendron displays buttery yellow hues in its blooms, but it’s more complex than that. In reality, this dreamy accent features buds of rich coral in spring, which open to fantastic bicolor blossoms. The center of each bloom is a scrumptious banana-cream yellow, while the margins of the petals are a soft peachy pink. Pastel yellow, pink, and apricot gently blend into one another as in a watercolor painting. Rich green leaves present a fine backdrop. Honey Butter deserves a prominent spot in your landscape, whereit will shine in spring and give valuable structure throughout the year.
- Hardiness Zone: 7
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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! Jim Barlup of Bellevue, Washington, created this divine Accent by crossing three different Rhododendrons. He introduced Honey Butter in 1986.
Some Rhododendrons take a while to settle in and start blooming heavily. Honey Butter Rhododendron is known for setting flower buds at a very young age. It can’t wait to impress you!
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 Honey Butter Rhododendronimmediately after blooming, as next year’s flower buds are formed in summer.
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