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Rhododendron spp. 'Knaphill and Exbury Azaleas'

This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
Common Name(s):
Knaphill and Exbury Azaleas
Categories:
Poisonous Plants, Shrubs
Comment:

Deciduous azaleas with large flower trusses in spring; excellent for naturalizing; resemble flame azaleas; excellent flower colors; very winter hardy; good fall color, moderate growth rate.

Seasons of Interest:

            Bloom:  Spring  Foliage: Fall

Wildlife Value: Excellent nectar plant for bees, hummingbirds and butterflies.  Members of the genus Rhododendron support the following specialized bee: Andrena (Andrena) cornelli.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Rhododendrons are susceptible to insect and disease problems.  Insect problems include aphids, borers, lacebugs, leafhoppers, mealybugs, mites, nematodes, scale, thrips and whitefly.  Diseases include canker, crown rot, root rot, leaf spot, rust, and powdery mildew.  Full sun can scortch the leaves and the roots rot if soil does not drain well.   A healthy plant in the right place with proper maintenance should have few problems. This plant is frequently damaged by deer.

Height:
6-8 ft.
Foliage:
May have bronze tinge; good fall color
Flower:
Flowers are born in trusses; individual flowers large and showy
Zones:
5-8
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Average; do not overwater
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Open; loose; spreading; upright
Family:
Ericaceae
Poison Part:
Parts of the plant may be poisonous.
Width:
6-8 ft.
Tags:
naturalizing, showy flowers, deciduous, bees, nectar, pollinator, specialized bees, hummingbirds, wildlife, butterflies

NCCES plant id: 2804

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Photo by Tim Waters http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
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