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botanical name:
Rhododendron arboreum
Rhododendron arboreum © Deeproot Plant Base
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family:  Ericaceae
characteristics: tree, evergreen
height: 12.00m
width: 4.00m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: broad headed
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: pink
main season: Spring
poison symbol poisonous or irritant
aspect: part shade, shade
conditions: moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: acid
minimum temp: -5°C
USDA zone: 9 to 10
description:
Evergreen tree, lance-shaped dark green leaves with a silvery to reddish-brown indumentum on the undersides. Dense trusses of red, pink or white flowers, spotted with black inside, in early spring.

cultivation:
Sheltered, woodland location with lime-free soil. The white-flowered forms are the most hardy and those with red flowers are the most tender.

usage:
Suitable for large woodland gardens.

other notes:
This is the national flower of Nepal.

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