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Rhododendron graziella

A dwarf and obscure form of Rhododendron ponticum. The purple flowers and the toughness are the giveaway – otherwise, it bears little resemblance to the brute called Ponticum.

The narrowness of the leaves and their star-like arrangement around the shoots is what gives this plant its unique appeal. A mounded shape is desirable – best accomplished by cutting out individual shoots with a pair of secateurs. Could reach 4 ft x 4 ft after 6 to 8 years.

Always in short supply.

Propagated by cuttings.

Rhododendrons require deep, rich, acid soil with good drainage in light dappled shade. Heavy shade will reduce flowering.

N.B. When clipping several plants with the same tool, have a bucket containing a 5% bleach solution and swish your blades around for 30 seconds between plants to sterilise them. This will help avoid the chance of cross contamination of disease.

As with all woody plants, plant high, exposing as much of the taper at the base of the trunk as possible. Allowing soil to accumulate round the base of a tree can be fatal. Keep very well watered when first planted.

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Hardiness level Green

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Hardy anywhere in Britain below approximately 1000ft (300m)

This is only meant as a guide. Please remember we're always on hand to give advice about plants and their frost hardiness.

Please remember that these coloured labels are only a rough guide.

General Point about Plant Hardiness: The commonly held belief that it's better to 'plant small' is perfectly true with herbaceous plants, but not necessarily true with woody plants. They need some 'wood' on them to survive severe cold - so plants of marginal hardiness in very cold areas should really be planted LARGER, rather than smaller, wherever possible.