It's my understanding that Rhododendrons have compact root systems. I can put it in a 2' tall or larger pot if necessary. Will this work in a shaded area?
Also, if the pot idea is OK, I live in San Jose, CA and I'm fairly specific on the color I would like. I really love those translucent light pink or lavender blossoms. When I go to the Rhododendron society, they do have a list of proven performers for my area but only one meets my color requirements (davidsonianum ). If I search based on color no real cultural requirements are provided. In particular, my location gets very little direct sun - but there seems to be quite a bit of reflected light from the walls of my house as I have a Bouganvillea there now and it actually produces fairly profuse blooms when it gets hot.
Is there a mail order source or other reference which can provide me with detailed info. Or I suppose I could just call a reputable outfit and give them my requirements. I had no luck with the society nursery listings (online anyhow).