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Rhododendron 'Windbeam'

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This plant has high severity poison characteristics.
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Description

Evergreen or deciduous shrub in the Ericaceae family. Flower opens white tinged pale apricot, aging to white but after 3-4 days, flowers become light purplish-pink, slightly spotted red, funnel-shaped, wavy-edges, ¾" across.  Ball-shaped truss holds 8 flowers.  Blooms early midseason. Rhododendrons and azaleas are acid loving plants meaning that the soil needs to be slightly acidic to optimize growing conditions.

Wildlife Value: Members of the genus Rhododendron support the following specialized bee: Andrena (Andrena) cornelli.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: Rhododendrons are susceptible many insect predators and diseases. Potential insect problems include aphids, borers, galls, lacebugs, scale, leafhoppers, mealy bugs, thrips, whiteflies and mites and disease problems include powdery mildew, blights, root rots, and leaf spots. A well-maintained healthy plant in the proper environment should have limited problems, however.

Form:  Low, semi-dwarf habit; can become sprawly; long willowy stems

Poison Part:  All parts.

Poison Delivery Mode:  Ingestion.

Severity:  HIGHLY TOXIC, MAY BE FATAL IF EATEN!

Found in:  Houseplant or interiorscape; landscape as cultivated woody shrub; forest or natural area.

 

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Rhododendron
    Family:
    Ericaceae
    Wildlife Value:
    Members of the genus Rhododendron support the following specialized bee: Andrena (Andrena) cornelli.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Poisonous
    Shrub
    Texture:
    Medium
  • 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 pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    Elongated capsule
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    White
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    White to deep pink or yellow flowers with pink tinge in a terminal cluster, tubular, 5-parted
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Small, alternate, simple leaves; aromatic when crushed
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Attracts:
    Specialized Bees
    Problems:
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses
  • 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
    Sap/Juice
    Seeds
    Stems