Hybrid Rhododendron Scintillation Azaleas & Rhododendrons
A medium sized very hardy variety of Rhododendron with long glossy evergreen olive to dark green leaves most suitable for hedging and screening. Pastel pink flowers with golden freckles at the throat creating the effect of a bronze flare are borne in large rounded trusses of up to 15 flowers in mid-May. So prodigious is the flowering of “Scintillation” that it literally can smother the evergreen foliage below. Ideally this shrub enjoys dappled shade.
All Hybrid Rhododendrons are evergreen
Height after 10 years – 150-180cm
Large Flowered Hybrid Rhododendrons are unsurpassed for the beauty of their large flower trusses, produced in ever increasing numbers each year as the plants develop making these plants a solid long-term investment. If space allows, they are at their best when planted in bold groups and with a mix of varieties it is possible to have flowers in succession from March until early June. They also go well with deciduous and evergreen Azaleas.
Although often seen planted in the dappled shade of a woodland setting, these tough plants will succeed in full sun. Rhododendrons are ericaceous plants and so they should have acid soil that is well prepared and free draining. (Check to see if they are growing in nearby gardens if you aren’t sure about your soil). If your soil is alkaline, they can still be enjoyed in your garden if grown in large containers or raised beds filled with Ericaceous compost.
Hybrid Rhododendrons dislike cultivation immediately around them (their roots are very close to the surface) but they do benefit from a light mulch each Spring to conserve moisture. This will also discourage weeds making these plant both beautiful, and very low maintenance.