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Rhododendron 'Australian Sunset'

Rhododendron 'Australian Sunset'




Flowers strong orangey-yellow inside, moderate reddish-orange outside. An Australian Hybrid.

An excellent cool climate flowering feature tree. Rhododendron flowers are magnificent if planted in the right conditions. They are best in moderate climates and mountain regions. When planting, Rhododendrons should be planted in an acidic soil. The soil should also drain well, as poor drainage will cause roots to rot. The name Rhododendron comes from the Greek words "rodon" which means "rose" and "dendron" which means "tree", hence Rose Tree. Rhododendron flowers are usually produced in trusses. Most people know rhododendrons as big leathery leafed shrubs with round clusters of white, pink, red, or purple blooms. The Rhododendron plants are usually evergreen.

  • POSITION Full sun ,part shade 
  • SOIL TYPE:  well drained, rich loam soil, prefers slightly acidic
  • FROST HARDY: yes.
  • SIZE:  medium 135 - 180cm
  • FLOWERS: Orange frill with yellow centre
  • FLOWERING TIME: mid- late Spring
  • USES: woodland areas, dappled shade
  • PRUNE: remove spent flowers
  • EVERGREEN: yes
  • RATE OF GROWTH: slow, approx 15cm /year
  • CARE:protect from hot winds and afternoon sun; keep moist well drained, NOT WET. mulch well.