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Rhododendron (Loderi Group) 'Loderi King George' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

H4 (hardy - average winter)

Colour

Flower

Pink and White in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

2.5-4 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

rhododendron 'Loderi King George'

Family

Ericaceae


Rhododendron can be evergreen or deciduous shrubs or trees, with simple leaves, sometimes with a dense colourful indumentum of hairs on the lower side, and funnel-shaped, bell-shaped or tubular flowers that may be solitary or in short racemes

'Loderi King George' is a large evergreen shrub with long, rather pale leaves, and scented, white, lily-like flowers to 15cm wide, opening in tall trusses from bright pink buds in late spring and early summer

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in a moist but well-drained, leafy humus-rich, acid soil in a sheltered position in partial shade. Shallow planting is essential, deep planting will not be tolerated

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid
  • Sand, Clay or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings. Cultivars will not come true from seed

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden or Flower borders and beds


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 8

Pests

May be attacked by vine weevil, leafhoppers, lacebugs, scale insects, caterpillars and aphids