Rhododendron is a beautiful shrub with excellent multi-season appeal. We chose this cultivar due to its amazing multicolored blooms and easy to grow durability. The blooms on Color Wheel are large and start out as bright red buds. As the blooms break they reveal deep pink undersides and soft pink insides that transition to white near the flower stamen. The blooms age to pure white before the season ends and they fall off. Post bloom the deep green leathery leaves of this plant provide a perfect backdrop for summer bloomers. By winter you'll still enjoy evergreen foliage that compliments the complex winter textures of grasses and ornamental trees nicely. It's a disease and heat resistant cultivar that is a great choice for those looking for a lower maintenance plant with long lasting beauty.
|Bloom Color:||Starts red, opens pink, transitions to pure white|
|Foliage Color:||Deep rich green evergreen foliage|
|Genus & Species:||Rhododendron x 'NCRX1' USPP 31150|
|Mature Height:||5 to 7 ft.|
|Mature Spread:||4 to 6 ft.|
|Soil Type:||Well drained soil; that retains moisture well. Prefers slightly acidic soil.|
|Sun Exposure:||Full to Part sun|
General care for any tree or shrub is easy, please educate yourself and follow these simple rules.
Caring for Dandy Man Color Wheel® Rhododendron
Rhododendron require acidic, well-drained soil. While they can be disease tolerant poor soil low in organic matter will stress the plant leading to problems. Keeping the plant well mulched with 2 to 3 inches of bark or hardwood mulch will improve soil quality and help with moisture retention. Mulch should be refreshed in the spring and fall for maximumn effectiviness. You will be suprised how much of a difference mulch makes in protecting the tree from summer heat and winter chill. It will also improve the soil over a number of years and deter walking and driving near the plant. Rhododendron may be pruned seletively, to remove problem branches or improve shape, but avoid the desire to regularly prune it back as it will stress the plant and do little to stimulate growth. Spent blooms can be removed, but if fallen blooms are left at the base of the plant they will only add organic matter to the soil.