Stems and trunks of Rhodis are yellow brown red..Why?

libraqueen81July 26, 2013

Just bought 6 Rhodi plants at a plant place. Leaves are green a few have a red spot or so on them but they seem lush. My issue is the actual trunk and lower stems which branch out from it are various yellow brown to red color. The bark seems a little split or peeling and I scraped a little away and it is white underneath. Is this maybe because they were watered too much before I bought them?

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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Could be normal. Could be abnormal.
We need pictures to decide.
Please post.some.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 10:58PM
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akamainegrower

A number of rhododendron species and frequently the hybrids derived from them have naturally peeling bark. Likewise, the color of the stems and branches before they are fully mature can vary a good deal. Photographs would be useful, but having the names of the varieties you purchased is equally important.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2013 at 6:00AM
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rhodyman(SE PA, USDA Z6)

On rhododendrons, peeling bark is normally a highly prized attribute. For example the R. barbatum on the left and the R. maddenii on the right are well known for their peeling bark.

However, it can also be a sign of problems such as with Botryosphaeria dieback below on left and bark split on right.

Dieback is often caused by drought and only affects several branches. Bark split is caused by a warm spell in winter which causes the sap to rise, followed by a heavy frost the freezes the sap and splits the bark near the soil line.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2013 at 10:23AM
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