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As reliably as the famous swallows retuning north each year, Capistrano Rhododendron will bring joy to your springtime garden. Big bunches of frilly flowers make a delightful show. A very special Accent, Capistrano is particularly valued for the unique color of its blossoms. While most evergreen Rhododendrons bloom in various shades of pink, purple, or white, this revolutionary plant offers up bountiful blooms in a luminous, pale lemon-chiffon color. Dark green leaves serve as a handsome backdrop to the soft yellow flowers. Plant captivating Capistrano where it can be seen from your porch, patio, or living room, and get a front-row seat to its yearly flower festival!
- 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. Capistrano is a coveted David Leach selection. David Leach was a world-renowned Rhododendron expert who lived and worked in North Madison, Ohio (near the shores of Lake Erie). One of his goals was to produce high-quality yellow-blooming Rhododendrons for gardeners to enjoy. He created Capistrano via a complicated series of crosses. The plant was introduced in 1994.
Some Rhododendrons can be a bit tricky to grow, but Capistrano is one of the most resilient. With proper care, it thrives in the colder states—down to -20ºF. This one is a winner!
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 Capistrano Rhododendronimmediately after blooming, as next year’s flower buds are formed in summer.
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