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Adaptable, dependable, unbeatable! Beauty meets utility in this distinguished heirloom Accent. Roseum Pink Rhododendron earns its place in the landscape with big, bold, evergreen leaves and a regal habit. You’ll find it supremely useful in lightly shaded parts of your garden, whether you wish to create a privacy hedge, break up blank space against a plain wall, just give a mixed border some year-round greenery. In springtime, you get the bonus of witnessing a profusion of graceful, soft pink flowers. So pretty! It’s an event you’ll look forward to every year.
- Hardiness Zone: 5
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Roseum Pink is a type of Catawba Rhododendron. From late April through June, the Catawba Rhododendron lights up shady hillsides and forest understory in the Alleghany Mountains, bringing its rosy purple cheer to a region extending from southern Virginia to northern Alabama. Roseum Pink therefore calls the U.S. home, although it also owes an allegiance to England. It emerged from the long and illustrious Rhododendron (and Azalea) breeding program at Knap Hill Nurseries in Sussex. It was introduced in the 1850s. Roseum Pink is very similar to the variety known as ‘English Roseum’.
Some Rhododendrons can be a bit tricky to grow, but Roseum Pink is one of the most resilient. With proper care, it thrives in the colder states—down to -25ºF—and tolerates the heat and humidity of the South as well. This one is a winner!
How to Grow
Catawba Rhododendron is tougher than many Rhododendrons, but it does appreciate good siting and aftercare. Plant Roseum Pink in part shade, in cool, acidic, well-drained soil for best results. Keep the rootzone moist but never soggy. An annual layer of organic mulch will help to retain moisture. Avoid harsh chemical fertilizers—Catawba Rhododendron is sensitive to overfeeding;a gentle organic product like Bower & Branch Elements™ Fertilizer is all that is needed if plants seem weak or “hungry.” Black vine weevil and Azalea lace bug can sometimes be an issue, but specimens grown in optimal conditions in most cases will remain healthy and resistant to attack.
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