Soft pink flowers (with absolutely no magenta) appear in great profusion in late April or early May, preceding the leaves and forming a cloud of unimaginable beauty. The small delicate leaves turn lovely shades of gold or burnt orange in the fall. The plant's compact habit (4–6′, and taller than wide) recommends it for a wide range of uses (it's next to our office door). This deciduous variety originated at Cornell University, so it's very hardy.
Rhododendron is a genus of evergreen and deciduous shrubs, which includes Azaleas. These lovely shrubs look terrific in a mixed border or in foundation plantings. All thrive in full sun or partial shade (required in the South) and evenly moist, acid soil.
For more information on growing Rhododendron, click Growing Guide.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
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Marit from Harbor Springs, MI
This is my favorite deciduous rhododendron. In fact, I think I like it better than all the evergreen rhodies. I have a garden on Lake Michigan where it grows very well. I have it on the lee side of the house and at the edge of the woods. I do not cover it in the winter. It looks great every May. It has nice delicate foliage in the summer. looks great with red twig dogwoods, amelanchiors, tall hardwoods and evergreen trees and shrubs. A great understory shrub that you can put ground covers and bulbs beneath. I do have a watering system but it was fine one year when the well went out in the summer.
Polly from Central Maryland
I took out a boring row of 6-ft high hollies and planted 9 Cornell Pink's last year. I forgot to water them during the summer drought and they actually wilted. That would have been the end for most rhodies, but all 9 not only lived, but also are blooming this spring. I love the color; the vivid pink contrasts nicely with the daffodils, scilla, and chionodoxa.
Ketcher from NW Connecticut
My Cornell Pink came from WFF 20 years ago, and continues to cover itself with blooms every April. I give it a bit of acid fertilizer in the spring, prune lightly to shape it after bloom, and that's all the care it gets. Amazingly, deer ignore it. Always lovely, it's at its most charming on a rainy day, when it just seems to glow.
Rhododendrons and Azaleas grow in full sun or partial shade in the North, but prefer partial shade or shade in the South and in warm inland areas of the West. They require moisture-retentive but well-drained soil that is on the acidic side. Turn a healthy layer of organic matter into the soil before planting. Gardeners in the Deep South and West who have heavy clay soil should plant Rhododendrons so that the top of the root ball stands several inches above the surrounding soil, then push prepared soil around and just over the root ball to form a mound. Mulch after planting to keep roots cool and moist.
Removing spent flowers (tedious but rewarding work on large specimens) makes for a better show the following spring; take care when removing flowers not to damage new buds at the base of the old flower stems. Prune as needed after bloom, cutting just above a set of leaves.
Deciduous and evergreen Rhododendrons are ideal for shrub borders, mixed perennial and shrub borders, and foundation plantings.
Not recommended for desert areas.