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Rhododendron 'Nobleanum Venustum'
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poisonous or irritant
full sun, part shade
preferred soil pH: acid
minimum temp: -18°C
USDA zone: 7 to 9
Large, dense, slow-growing shrub of broad dome-shaped habit. Dull dark green leaves with a thin buff indumentum underneath. Compact trusses of pink flowers shading to white at the centres, with a few crimson spots inside. Very early flowering from January to March, or even earlier in a sheltered position.
Moist, well drained humus rich acid soil in sun or part shade.
Valuable for its very early flowering.
Raised by William Smith, Norbiton Common, Surrey, UK, 1829.
Hybrid of Rh. arboreum x Rh. caucasicum.