Rhododendron ‘Kalinka’

dwarf pink hybrid rhododendron

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

This great compact mounding rhododendron has tight trusses of rose-pink flowers that are slow to fade to a clear pink bloom. This “Yak” hybrid holds its pink color better than most other “yak” types. Then the new leaves emerge and they are covered with a felty indumentum giving an attractive look well into summer.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: mounding 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 8

Flower Color: pink

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

Water Requirements: frequent to regular watering

Seasonal Interest: bright pink spring flowers, felted foliage

Wildlife Associations: bees, hummingbirds

Resistant to: slug, snail

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: cream, gold, silver

Great Color Partners: bronze, chartreuse, dark green,

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.