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PlantFiles: Hiryu Azalea, Kurume Azalea
Rhododendron x obtusum 'Mother's Day'

Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rhododendron (roh-do-DEN-dron) (Info)
Species: x obtusum
Cultivar: Mother's Day

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USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Patent Information:
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Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive jackstangle On Apr 7, 2010, jackstangle from La Conner, WA wrote:

I have 2 of these & I got them at Lowes in 2003. They are wonderful & have NEVER failed to bloom profusely on Mothers Day! I love them & highly reccommend them.

Positive berrygirl On Mar 25, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

'Mother's Day'
This is one of the compact low-growing Kurume varieties. It has 2 inch hose-in-hose flowers that are bright red and blooms at mid-season. 'Mother's Day' is hardy to about -5 degrees F.

I grew this one for several years and just loved it. It succumbed after I moved it and didn't properly care for it.
Its name derives from its ease of greenhouse forcing. Bred to sell to coincide with Mother's Day. Despite this, it is reported to be very cold hardy.
I wish I could find this one locally again for sale.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Edison, Washington

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