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Any Mid-Atlantic experience growing Rhodo. ponticum?

Posted by dave_in_nova VA zone 7a (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 11, 13 at 9:35

Does anyone in the Mid-Atlantic have any exerience growing Rhododendron ponticum 'Variegatum'? It looks to be an interesting evergreen even if it doesn't bloom well.
I know it's a pest across the pond and maybe even in the Pac. NW.

Are it's need typical of most rhodies? Well-drained soil, semi-shade, etc.

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RE: Any Mid-Atlantic experience growing Rhodo. ponticum?

I don't grow it here near Reading, PA (SE PA), Zone 6, but see it down near Philadelphia. It would be worth a try in Zone 7A.
R. ponticum grows to 4' in 10 years. It is hardy to -5F. It is a tough and adaptable species that was formerly used as grafting rootstock. R. ponticum 'Variegatum' has variegated foliage with white streaks and purplish flowers. It is native from Spain & Portugal to SW Russia and Lebanon.

RE: Any Mid-Atlantic experience growing Rhodo. ponticum?

Thanks Rhodyman. I told my wife I'd not buy and kill anymore rhodies, but this one has me tempted to try again.

Perhaps if I can really open up the root ball before planting it, it might have a chance.

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