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botanical name:
Rhododendron keysii
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family:  Ericaceae
characteristics: shrub, evergreen
height: 6.00m
width: 4.00m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: red
stem/bark: brown
main season: Spring
poison symbol poisonous or irritant
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: acid
minimum temp: -15°C
USDA zone: 7 to 10
description:
Somewhat variable evergreen, usually a loosely branched, medium to large shrub but sometimes found with a much dwarfer habit. Trusses of slightly pendent, narrowly tubular, deep red to salmon pink flowers often with orange or yellow lobes giving a bicoloured effect. Leathery, scaly, dark green leaves up to about 15cm long. Unusual and very attractive when in flower in late spring.


cultivation:
Moist, well drained humus rich acid soil

propagation:
From seed, but germination can be erratic.

other notes:
Cinnabarina group Rhododendron. From Southeastern Tibet, Bhutan and Assam.

Uncommon in cultivation.

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