Rhododendron luteum

Scientific name: Rhododendron luteum


Common names: “Pontiac azalea”

Plant Type: Deciduous shrub


Zone: 6-9

Light: Full sun best – semi-shade

Exposure: Sheltered

Soil: Acidic humus rich soil, sandy loam best, prefers less clay

Moisture: Well drained with even moisture in late summer


Plant Size: H 6-12′ W 12′

Leaf and Stem shape: Oblong leaves turning gold in autumn

Flower: Very fragrant sticky bright yellow, funnel-shaped flowers

Pruning: Prune to tidy up shoots and maintain natural shape

Maintenance: Deadhead flowers and mulch

Landscape use: Hedging, screens, wildlife garden but not for honey bees!!!

Propagate: By seed, cuttings, layering and grafting

Pests & Disease: Weevils, phytophthera root rot, mildew

Comments: Honey produced from these flowers is toxic and deadly to humans, historically used by country folk to kill Roman soldiers


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