This prolific bloomer is not as garish as some bicolors. Its flowers appear in late May and are deep rose fading to white in the throat, accented by light citron-green spots. It has long, elliptic leaves with a white-wooly indumentum beneath. Bicolor rhododendrons have a contrasting color along the edge of each petal-either a thin "picotee" edge or a gradual shading. This two-tone coloration adds drama and texture to the garden. Bicolors can be used to blend one color scheme into another, but plan carefully: Pick one of the two colors on which to build your color scheme. Bicolors are best used as accents-a bed of bicolors would be pretty wild!
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: cream, silver, gold
Great Color Partners: bronze, dark green, chartreuse
Culture NotesThis rhododendron is easy to grow in the Pacific Northwest. Plant it in rich well-drained or sandy soil in a location with full sun to light or open shade. Rhododendrons are shallow-rooted plants requiring regular watering during dry weather. Faded flowers can be removed to give a cleaner look and new growth can be pinched to help make young plants bushier. Adult root weevils can chew on their leaves, but this is less of a problem on plants that receive more light and regular watering.
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Plant Type: shrub
Foliage Type: evergreen
Plant Height: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 m.)
Plant Width/Spread: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 m.)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 9
Flower Color: rose
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade
Water Requirements: frequent to regular watering