Rhododendron ‘Mary Fleming’

dwarf yellow hybrid rhododendron

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Outstanding Qualities

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.

Quick Facts

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.