Rhododendron
Rhododendron pachysanthum

Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rhododendron (roh-do-DEN-dron) (Info)
Species: pachysanthum (pak-ee-SAN-thum) (Info)
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Category:

Shrubs

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

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)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Silver/Gray

Leathery-Textured

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Provides winter interest

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

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

Winnetka, Illinois

Brookings, Oregon

Wynnewood, Pennsylvania

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Nov 7, 2004, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

Rhododendron pachysanthum is the Rolls Royce of rhododendrons! The new foliage emerges covered in silver fuzz, which remains on the leaves until late summer. The underside of the leaves are silver at first but then turn rusty-cinnamon and remain that way for the life of the leaf. All this and a compact plant to boot.