- Common Name(s):
- Yak rhododendron
- Poisonous Plants, Shrubs
Woody deciduous shrub in the Ericaceae family.
Seasons of Interest:
Foliage: Fall Bloom: Spring, April
Wildlife Value: Members of the genus Rhododendron support the following specialized bee: Andrena (Andrena) cornelli. This plant tolerates damage by rabbits.
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. Early flowering makes it susceptible to spring freezes especially if planted in sunny locations where leaves and flowers emerge early.
- 2-3 ft.
- Alternate, simple, glossy gray-green leaves; abundant brown hairs on underside of leaf; 3 to 3.5 in. long
- Bright rose buds; rose, pink or white bell-shaped flowers in late spring
- 5b to 8
- Sun to partial shade; well-drained soil
- Dense, spreading mound
- Poison Part:
- All parts.
- Poison Delivery Mode:
- Salivation, watering of eyes and nose, abdominal pain, loss of energy, depression, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, difficult breathing, progressive paralysis of arms and legs, coma.
- Toxic Principle:
- HIGHLY TOXIC, MAY BE FATAL IF EATEN!
- Found in:
- Houseplant or interiorscape; landscape as cultivated woody shrub; forest or natural area.
- 2-3 ft.
NCCES plant id: 1753