Rhododendron macrophyllum. Pacific Rhododendron

Rhododendron macrophyllum. Pacific rhododendron

Rhododendron macrophyllum, commonly known as the Pacific Rhododendron, is a captivating evergreen shrub native to the western regions of North America, primarily from California to British Columbia. Distinguished by its large, glossy, elliptical leaves, this rhododendron species offers year-round visual interest, even when not in bloom. Between late spring and early summer, the plant bursts into a striking display of flowers that range in color from light pink to deep rose, clustered in beautiful, globe-like inflorescences. The blooms attract pollinators, including butterflies and hummingbirds, making it a garden favorite for those looking to support local ecosystems.

The Pacific Rhododendron is highly adaptable, thriving in various settings, including shaded woodlands and coastal scrublands. Growing to a height of 3 to 12 feet, it is an excellent choice for garden borders, specimen planting, or even mass plantings in more significant landscapes. It prefers well-drained, acidic soil and a climate with mild winters, though it can tolerate short periods of frost. Given the right conditions, Rhododendron macrophyllum will survive and flourish, gracing your garden with its lush foliage and stunning blooms for years to come.

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