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Rhododendron 'Fragrantissimum'

Fragrantissimum' Rhododendron, Early Midseason Rhododendron


Regarded as one of the most fragrant Rhododendrons, 'Fragrantissimum' is a medium-sized evergreen shrub of great beauty. Blooming heavily in mid spring, its large, trumpet-shaped, frilly white flowers, up to 2.5 in. wide (6 cm), exhibit a bright yellow throat and are delicately blushed with pink on the outside. Held in small trusses of about 4 blooms, they provide a really stunning display and contrast beautifully with the evergreen foliage of hairy dark green leaves with impressed veins. But the main attraction of 'Fragrantissimum' is its powerful honeysuckle fragrance, which makes it a valuable addition near patios and living areas. Sadly, this plant is tender - hardy to 15°F (-9°C) - and suitable only for temperate locations. This early midseason Rhododendron has a tendency to become leggy but is easily trained as espalier or on a fence, for a memorable scented display.

  • Grows up with a loose and open habit, to 3-5 ft. tall and wide (90-150 cm). 
  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society and winner of the Rhododendron of the Year Award of the American Rhododendron Society for the South West region.
  • A 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 mould to retain moisture, control weeds, and cool the soil.
  • Perfect for shrub borders or mixed borders and shade gardens. Great for small gardens and containers too!
  • Attracts butterflies, hummingbirds and birds
  • Removing spent flowers promotes new growth.
  • All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 11
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Azaleas - Rhododendrons, Rhododendrons - Azaleas
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid)
Height 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spread 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spacing 36" – 60" (90cm – 150cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Small Gardens, Wall-Side Borders, Walls and Fences
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 11
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Azaleas - Rhododendrons, Rhododendrons - Azaleas
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid)
Height 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spread 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spacing 36" – 60" (90cm – 150cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Small Gardens, Wall-Side Borders, Walls and Fences
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden, Traditional Garden

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