Pacific Rhododendron (Rhododendron macrophyllum)

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At a Glance: A large evergreen shrub with oblong dark green leaves and flowers annually.

Height: 7-8 ft
Leaves: Large, thick and dark green. Oblong in shape and tapered at the end.                              
Flowers: Bright clusters of pink to white flowers in the late spring to early summer

Appeal: This shrub provides a lush mid canopy growth, can easily have ferns and other plants planted underneath. Flowers are quite lovely. Drought tolerant.

Helpful Tips: They need an acidic soil, so add elemental sulfur and peat moss to the planting hole and/or mulch with shredded oak leaves or pine needles. Will stay smaller in full sun.

Ethnobotany: Native from BC to Northern California, the Pacific Rhododendron is the state flower of Washington.

Sun/Shade Tolerance Hydrology Elevation Range
 full sun > 80%
 mostly sunny 60%-80%
 partial sun and shade 40%- 60%
 mostly shady 60%-80%
 full shade > 80%
 wet
 moist
 dry

 

 low elevation
 mid elevation
sub-alpine
 high elevation

 

Livestock Toxicity: Rhododendron bushes are toxic to livestock at small doses. Rhododendrons contain glycosides which cause vomiting, vertigo, coma and death from respiratory failure in severe cases. The toxin is present in all parts of the Rhododendron bush.

References:“Hansen’s Northwest Native Plant Database.” The Wild Garden. Web. 10 Nov. 2016. http://www.nwplants.com/business/catalog/rho_mac.html.