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Rhododendron ‘Rosebud’

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A fabulous double-flowered Azalea, multiple award-winning Rhododendron ‘Rosebud’ is a small, compact evergreen shrub that produces incredibly beautiful rosy-pink flowers, 1.5 in. wide (4 cm). Opening from buds resembling perfect rosebuds in mid to late spring, each broadly funnel-shaped flower features up to 12 petals, delicately flushed with a slight veining of deep purplish pink. Flowering is so massive that it covers this midseason Gable hybrid in an exceptional floral display that can last up to 6 weeks and hides branches and leaves. The evergreen foliage of small, glossy, mid-green leaves does not develop any appreciable fall color. Raised and introduced by Gable, ‘Rosebud’ is extremely cold-hardy, and regarded as the best pink rose-form full double Azalea.

  • Grows with a dense, spreading habit, up to 2-3 ft. tall (60-90 cm) and 3-4 ft. wide (90-120 cm)
  • Winner of the Rhododendron of the Year Award of the American Rhododendron Society for the Mid-Atlantic, North East, North West, Great Lakes, and South West regions. Received the ARS Award of Merit in 1972 and the First Class Certificate in 1975 from the Royal Horticultural Society
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in moist, acidic, humusywell-drained soils. Does well in full sun, though the flowers would last a bit longer in the brightest shade or dappled sunlight. Plant shallowly. Protect from frost to prevent damage to flowers. Mulch annually with leaf mold to retain moisture, control weeds, and cool the soil.
  • Perfect for borders, as a flowering hedge or privacy screen, and for containers. Great for small gardens!
  • Attracts butterflies, hummingbirds, and birds.
  • Excellent mildew resistance
  • Removing spent flowers promotes new growth.
  • Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer, layering in autumn, or grafting in late summer or late winter. Will not come true from seed.
  • All parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested.
  • Toxic to dogs, toxic to cats, toxic to horses.

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 - 9
Heat Zones 5 - 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Ericaceae
Genus Rhododendron
Common names Rhododendron
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 3' - 4'
(90cm - 120cm)
Spacing 36" - 48"
(90cm - 120cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens, Patio And Containers, Small Gardens
Garden Styles Traditional Garden, City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage
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Requirements

Hardiness 6 - 9
Heat Zones 5 - 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Ericaceae
Genus Rhododendron
Common names Rhododendron
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 3' - 4'
(90cm - 120cm)
Spacing 36" - 48"
(90cm - 120cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens, Patio And Containers, Small Gardens
Garden Styles Traditional Garden, City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage
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