Rhododendron ‘Skookum’

hybrid rhododendron

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Outstanding Qualities

A bounty of globed-shaped trusses of pure deep red with white filaments decorate this beautiful shrub in early May. The foliage of Rhododendron 'Skookum' is smooth-textured and a dark matte green on a rounded form.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: evergreen

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

Plant Width/Spread: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

Flower Color: red

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

Water Requirements: frequent to regular watering

Seasonal Interest: rounded globes of pure red flowers in springtime

Wildlife Associations: bees, hummingbirds

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.