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tall rhododendron for high shade

Posted by Pencat 5 (My Page) on
Thu, May 5, 11 at 20:00

We have a raised platform on a slope facing southeast. We'd like to plant tall rhodies in front of it to fill in the space, and it's at least 7 feet tall. The slope is covered in mature trees with some younger lower trees that could be taken out, and it's zone 5. Is there any variety that can meet those conditions, preferably in deep red or white but any color that will grow well will do.

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RE: tall rhododendron for high shade

There really aren't many small tree-like rhododendrons for zone 5.

The tallest ones hardy to at least -20F are

Caractacus, -25F, Red, 7' in 10 years
Spicy Nutmeg, -20F, Pink, 7' in 10 years

There are quite a few that get up to 6' in 10 years. They are listed at:

ARS Plant Finder

One way to get tall rhododendrons is to find a mature planting in your area and move them to your place. Rhododendrons are relatively easy to move if done properly.

RE: tall rhododendron for high shade

Thank you!

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