Rhododendron ‘Dora Amateis’

white dwarf hybrid rhododendron

Outstanding Qualities

Rhododendron 'Dora Amateis' is one tough and reliable rhododendron. In early spring this compact, evergreen shrub is covered with white flowers accented with yellow-green flecks on the up petal lobe. Although each flower is small, they are borne in profusion and give a spectacular show. The new foliage has a lovely bronzy tone, especially if this rhododendron is grown in full sun. Once the leaves mature they are dark green and look great all year long. This is one of the best compact white rhododendrons.

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: burgundy, purple, red, yellow

Great Color Partners: bronze, cream, pink

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 (or frequent watering if the soil is sandy). 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 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: mounding shrub

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 9

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade

Water Requirements: frequent to regular watering