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

Posted by libraqueen81 IL (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 26, 13 at 15:46

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

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


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

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.


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

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.


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