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Rhododendron "Great Dane"

Posted by mrlynn z7 GA (My Page) on
Fri, Aug 15, 14 at 10:24

Any one know of a source for this plant in the USA? It has great blooms and foliage.

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RE: Rhododendron "Great Dane"

Great Dane is very hard to root so isn't grown commercially in the USA. I don't know of any US nursery that sells it. It's is grown in Europe where grafting is common.

RE: Rhododendron "Great Dane"

rhodyman's explanation may be accurate for the particular case of 'Great Dane", but there are other factors involved in the unavailability of many rhododendron varieties in the US. Recent years have seen the closure of many rhododendron nurseries. Others. including some of the biggest, continue to operate under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The housing market collapse, competition from the big box stores, and the acquisition of nurseries by private equity firms with little interest and less expertise in plants have really devastated the nursery business in the US. There is really no one left to invest the time and money in importing new varieties from Europe or anywhere else.

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