Rhododendron catawbiense 'Mrs. C. S. Sargent'
Mrs. C.S. Sargent Catawba Rhododendron

 Plant Type:
 Hardiness:
 Deciduous / Evergreen:
 Flowers:
Multi-Colored (Rich rose-red, yellow-spotted, 2.5" dia. flowers in 5-6" dia. umbel-like racemes, appearing in late May)
 Foliage:
Green (Dark glossy green leaves, more whitish glabrous beneath; evergreen)
 Fruit:
Brown (Not ornamentally important)
 Ultimate Height:
6-10 feet
 Ultimate Spread:
5-8 feet
 Soil:
Requires moist, cool, acidic, well drained, organic soil; avoid harsh, dry, windswept sites
 Range:
Cultivated origin
 Diagnostic Characteristics:
Alternate, simple, thick, dark green 3-5" leaves are whitish glabrous beneath. Somewhat cupped.

Additional Information

Flower color bleaches out in high pH. Subject to winter burning of foliage in exposed sites near the limits of its range, however, this is a good cultivar for cold areas. Susceptible to a large number of pests and diseases, which can largely be prevented by good cultural practices.

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