Rhododendron ‘Fantastica’

hybrid rhododendron

Outstanding Qualities

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 Notes

This 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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Quick Facts

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