Lemon Dream Rhododendron
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Heavenly! Lemon Dream Rhododendron will grace your garden with blossoms of the most delightful hue. Unlike most evergreen Rhododendrons, which bloom in shades of purple, pink, or white, this special Accent features frilly flowers of pale, lemon-custard yellow. The rounded trusses of bloom (about a dozen flowers per cluster) adorn the branches in spring—a fitting tribute to that glorious time of year. Dark green leaves serve as a dramatic backdrop to the creamy yellow flowers, and they continue to paint a pleasing picture after the blossoms are spent. Perfect for both formal and informal styles, Lemon Dream will bring sweet springtime cheer to any border.
- 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! Steve McCulloch of Briggs Nursery near Olympia, Washington, bred this dreamy Accent by crossing a selection called ‘Creamy Chiffon’ with a Japanese variety known as Yakushima Rhododendron. Lemon Dream has been around since 1983.
North-facing foundation beds can be difficult to landscape if you love flowers, because most blooming plants need a lot of sun. Lemon Dream Rhododendron flourishes in north-facing borders as long as the area is open enough to let in a bit of light.
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 Lemon Dream Rhododendronimmediately after blooming, as next year’s flower buds are formed in summer.
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