Rhododendron ‘Mary Fleming’
dwarf yellow hybrid rhododendron
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An abundance of dainty pastel yellow flowers tinged with pink cover this dwarf rhododendron in early spring. The evergreen foliage emerges with bronze tones, matures a dark green by summer, and then colder temperatures in autumn and winter initiate a return to a bronze sheen.
Plant Type: compact shrub
Foliage Type: evergreen
Plant Height: 2 ft. 6 in. (0.76 meters)
Plant Width/Spread: 2 ft. 6 in. (0.76 meters)
Plant Height-Mature: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)
Plant Width-Mature: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 meters)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8
Flower Color: yellow
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light to open shade
Water Requirements: frequent to regular watering
Seasonal Interest: early spring flowers and foliage bronze colored in spring and winter
Wildlife Associations: bees, hummingbirds
Resistant to: slug, snail
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: green, purple, rose, violet
Great Color Partners: light pink, yellow
- 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.
- Geek Notes
- Rhododendron 'Mary Fleming' is a cross of (Rhododendron racemosum x keiskei) x R. keiskei by Guy Nearing of Ramsey, New Jersey. Registered in 1959.