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RHODODENDRON veitchianum

Image of Rhododendron veitchianum

John Rickard

Family

Ericaceae

Botanical Name

RHODODENDRON veitchianum

Plant Common Name

Veitchianum Azalea

Special Notice

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General Description

Charming in scale, this small broadleaf evergreen shrub bears fragrant, ruffled white flowers in the spring. Native to the montane rainforests of Laos, Vietnam and Burma (Myanmar), it grows in soil and as an epiphyte, clasping its roots onto the moist bark of trees. Its smooth bark is rusty reddish brown and exfoliates, often seen on this upright, somewhat rangy plant.

Deep green leaves have sparse golden scales on their undersides. In spring, fragrant white flowers don the branch tips, usually with a blotch of yellow in their throats and pink in their veins. The floral lobes are daintily ruffled.

Grow Rhododendron veitchianum in a moist, well-draining soil that is acidic and rich in organic matter. Protect the plant from frosts, especially when flower buds are forming as subfreezing temps will destroy them. Use it as a mixed border shrub or underplanting in lightly shaded woodlands where summers are warm and winters mild; in oppresively hot, humid summer areas with poor air circulation it will falter. It is mildly drought tolerant.

There are andromedotoxins in all parts of the rhododendron plant with associated health concerns. For more information visit: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/consumer/poison/Rhodosp.htm .

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 8

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 13

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 14, 15, 16, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Broadleaf Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade

  • Height

    4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m

  • Width

    2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring

  • Native To

    Southeastern Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Light Yellow, Light Pink

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Copper, Sienna

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Exfoliating

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No