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Description of Rhododendron ponticum

R. ponticum 
Photo by: Sally and John Perkins

Predominant Flower Color: 

Purple, Lavender 

 Flower / Truss Description: 

Campanulate, pale to deep lilac-pink to purple, usually spotted greenish yellow. Truss holds 6-20 flowers. 

Fragrant: 

No  

Bloom Time: 

Late Midseason to Late 

Height (ft.) in 10 Yrs: 

Cold Hardiness Temperature: 

-5F (-21C)

Foliage Description: 

Leaves lanceolate to elliptic, up to 7" long, glabrous. 

Elepidote (E) or Lepidote (L): 

 

Plant Habit: 

Dense to leggy shrub 

Sub Genus: 

Hymenanthes 

Section: 

Ponticum 

Sub Section: 

Pontica 

Geographical Origin: 

N Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Lebanon, Europe (Spain, Portugal, Bulgaria) 

 Note: Bloom time and 10 year height information are approximate and can vary dependent on local climate and soil conditions.
Hardiness temperature is also an approximate guideline.


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