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Rhododendron vaseyi

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
rho-doh-DEN-dron vah-SAY-ee
This plant has high severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Woody, evergreen or deciduous shrubs/The flowers lack tubes of most native azaleas.  Has attractive deep burgundy fall foliage and an irregular upright habit.  Tolerates wet planting sites.

Seasons of Interest:

                Foliage: Fall, burgandy  Bloom: Spring/Summer, May-July

Wildlife: Flowers attract butterflies and bees. Members of the genus Rhododendron support the following specialized bee: Andrena (Andrena) cornelliTolerates 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.

Compare this Plant to: R. arborescensRatlanticum, R. viscosum

HIGHLY TOXIC, MAY BE FATAL IF EATEN!

More information on Rhododendron.

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Pinkerbell'
  • 'White Find'
Tags:
#bees#butterflies#evergreen#deciduous#fall color#poisonous#wildlife plant#nectar plant#rabbit resistant#wet sites#specialized bees#pollinator plant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Pinkerbell'
  • 'White Find'
Tags:
#bees#butterflies#evergreen#deciduous#fall color#poisonous#wildlife plant#nectar plant#rabbit resistant#wet sites#specialized bees#pollinator plant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Rhododendron
    Species:
    vaseyi
    Family:
    Ericaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers attract butterflies and bees. Members of the genus Rhododendron support the following specialized bee: Andrena (Andrena) cornelli. Tolerates damage by rabbits.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 5 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 5 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Poisonous
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Deciduous
    Semi-evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    Elongated capsule
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Orange
    Pink
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Soft pink to white flowers with orange freckles before leaves emerge; not fragrant; flowers lack tubes of most native azaleas.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Deciduous
    Semi-evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Alternate, simple medium green leaves; deep burgundy fall color
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Houseplants
    Naturalized Area
    Woodland
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Specialized Bees
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Rabbits
    Wet Soil
    Problems:
    Poisonous to Humans
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    High
    Poison Symptoms:
    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.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Andromedotoxin
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Bark
    Flowers
    Fruits
    Leaves
    Roots
    Seeds
    Stems