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RHODODENDRON 'Rose Queen'

Image of Rhododendron 'Rose Queen' (Rutherford Group, Rutherford Hybrid)

Family

Ericaceae

Botanical Name

RHODODENDRON 'Rose Queen'( Rutherford Group, Rutherford Hybrid)

Plant Common Name

Hybrid Azalea, Rose Queen Hybrid Azalea, Rutherford Hybrid Azalea

General Description

One of the Rutherford Hybrid azaleas, this evergreen shrub bears showy clusters of ruffled deep pink flowers from early to mid-spring. It may also bloom in fall and winter in frost-free climates. Rose-red speckles dot the upper lobes of the single or semi-double, funnel-shaped blooms. The broad rounded shoulder-high plants have elliptic mid-green leaves.

Tracing their ancestry to the Kurume Hybrids as well as to several East Asian species including Rhododendron simsii, R. indicum, and R. murconatum, the Rutherford Hybirds were developed for greenhouse forcing, but they also perform well in the landscape in areas where winters are moderate.

Indian Group azaleas prefer sites with partial shade and highly organic acid soil that is evenly moist but well-drained. They like warm summers and cool winters, and tolerate more sun and heat than do most other azaleas. Plant them shallowly and mulch well to conserve moisture and suppress weeds. The flower buds develop in summer for the following spring’s display, so prune shortly after flowering, if necessary. Ideally, place them where they have room to grow to full size. Use them massed or singly in woodland gardens, borders, foundation plantings, and containers.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Broadleaf Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun

  • Height

    4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m

  • Width

    5'-7' / 1.5m - 2.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single, Semi-Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No