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Rhododendron 'Wheatley'

Wheatley' Rhododendron, Midseason Rhododendron, Evergreen Rhododendron


One of the most popular pink Rhododendrons in the Northeast region, Rhododendron 'Wheatley' is a very fragrant beauty that makes onlookers stop and gasp. Blooming heavily in mid spring, this evergreen shrub bears stunning rounded trusses of impressive size counting up to 16 luminescent, pale purplish-pink, frilled flowers. Each large bloom, up to 3 in. wide (7 cm), emerges from hot pink flower buds and displays darker shaded edges and lime green rays in its throat. The elliptic, light green leaves are smooth with crisp edges and remain handsome all year-round. 'Wheatley' is the best known result of a cross of 'Westbury' and 'Meadowbrook' made by Howard Phipps. Since its introduction in 1958, 'Wheatley' has always been an outstanding competitor for the place of honor in gardens and in shows. Cold hardy, this open multi-stemmed shrub can withstand temperatures as low as -15°F (-26°C).

  • Grows with a more or less rounded form, up to 3-4 ft. tall and wide (90-120 cm).
  • Winner of the Rhododendron of the Year Award of the American Rhododendron Society for the Mid-Atlantic 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, hedges or screens, and shade gardens.
  • 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 5 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Azaleas - Rhododendrons, Rhododendrons - Azaleas
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid)
Height 6' – 10' (180cm – 3m)
Spread 6' – 10' (180cm – 3m)
Spacing 72" – 120" (180cm – 300cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, 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, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Azaleas - Rhododendrons, Rhododendrons - Azaleas
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid)
Height 6' – 10' (180cm – 3m)
Spread 6' – 10' (180cm – 3m)
Spacing 72" – 120" (180cm – 300cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, 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, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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