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Rhododendron dauricum ‘Mid-Winter’

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Tough, hardy, and exceptionally floriferous, Rhododendron dauricum 'Mid-Winter' is a medium-sized, deciduous, or semi-evergreen shrub that brightens up the dull days of winter. Among the earliest Rhododendrons to bloom, 'Mid-Winter' bears small saucer-shaped, purple flowers, up to 1.5 in. wide (4 cm), on its bare branches in late winter to early spring. The frost-resistant blossoms contrast beautifully with the foliage of small, elliptic, dark, glossy green leaves which turn purple-bronze in winter. A very reliable performer, this Rhododendron dauricum hybrid is tough and can withstand temperatures as low as -15°F (-26°C). It is ideal to enliven and cheer up your winter garden.

  • Grows with an upright, bushy habit, up to 3-5 ft. tall and wide (90-150 cm). 
  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • A sun to part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in moist, acidic, humusywell-drained soils. Plant shallowly in a location protected from strong winter winds. Protect from frost to prevent damage to flowers. Mulch annually with leaf mold to retain moisture, control weeds, and cool the soil.
  • Perfect for shrub borders or mixed borders, as flowering hedges or screens, banks and slopes, and shade gardens.
  • Attracts butterflies, hummingbirds, and birds
  • Removing spent flowers promotes new growth.
  • All parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested.
  • Toxic to dogs, toxic to cats, toxic to horses.
  • Rhododendron dauricum is native to sub-alpine forests and forest margins in the Altai Mountains from Russia into Mongolia, eastern Siberia, Sakhalin Island, northern China, Japan, and Korea.

Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 8
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Ericaceae
Genus Rhododendron
Common names Rhododendron
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Winter
Height 3' - 5'
(90cm - 150cm)
Spread 3' - 5'
(90cm - 150cm)
Spacing 36" - 60"
(90cm - 150cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens, Patio And Containers, Small Gardens, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Traditional Garden, Informal and Cottage
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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 8
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Ericaceae
Genus Rhododendron
Common names Rhododendron
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Winter
Height 3' - 5'
(90cm - 150cm)
Spread 3' - 5'
(90cm - 150cm)
Spacing 36" - 60"
(90cm - 150cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens, Patio And Containers, Small Gardens, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Traditional Garden, Informal and Cottage
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