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Rhododendron 'Praecox'

Praecox' Rhododendron, Rhododendron フム praecox, Early Season Rhododendron


Incredibly pretty, Rhododendron 'Praecox' is prized for its early spring blooms which brighten the dull days of winter. Among the earliest Rhododendrons to flower, this small semi-evergreen shrub bears clouds of delicate clusters of 2 to 3, widely funnel-shaped, rosy-pink to lilac-purple flowers, up to 2 in. wide (5 cm), at its branch tips from late winter to early spring. The shiny, dark green leaves are small, ovate to rounded with paler undersides. 'Praecox' is a famous old early flowering hybrid, which is really spectacular when in full bloom. It emanates from a cross between Rhododendron ciliatum and Rhododendron dauricum. Easy to grow, it is a very reliable performer which can withstand temperatures as low as -5°F (-21°C). Ideal for adding early color to the garden, it makes a ravishing accent shrub and is a great companion to early daffodils and other spring bulbs. 

  • Grows with an upright, rounded 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. Tolerates a fair amount of sun in cool northern summers. 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, as a flowering hedge or privacy screen, foundation plantings 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 6 – 8
Heat Zones 6 – 8
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Azaleas - Rhododendrons, Rhododendrons - Azaleas
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)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
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 Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 8
Heat Zones 6 – 8
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Azaleas - Rhododendrons, Rhododendrons - Azaleas
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)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
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 Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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