The Rhododendron is a genus from the Ericaceae family. It is a very wide spread genus but the main concentration is found in the western part of China and the Himalayas. Rhododendrons are native to woodlands in the mountains. They prefer acidic and loose humusy soil and not too much sun. The soil has to be well-drained.
The name Rhododendron comes from the Greek words rhodos meaning rose and dendron meaning tree.
If you plant a Rhododendron in your garden be careful not to plant it too deep. Rhododendrons grow their roots mostly close to the surface. If you plant them too deep the roots will not get enough air.
Rhododendrons usually grow wider than they grow high. They do not grow very fast. In general the given height in the specifications is the height that the plant reaches after 10 years. That also goes for the specifications on this website. The plants will keep on growing higher and wider but slowly.
The Rhododendron yakushimanum is native to a small Japanese island called Yakushima. On that island they grew on the rocky windy slopes in full sun. That is probably the reason for the compact growth and why they do not grow very high.
Tests proved that deadheading does influence next year’s bloom. It does look nicer if the withered flowers are removed so therefore deadheading is a good idea.
The Rhododendron yakushimanum ‘Sneezy’ has beautiful pink flowers. The buds are dark red. After they open the flowers are dark pink which turn to a lighter pink after a while.
Attracts bees: yes
Deer resistant: no
Exposure: sun/ part shade
Flower color: pink
Flowering time: April – May
Foliage color: green
Fragrant flower: no
Hardiness: -25 ºC (-13 F)
Height: 28 inches (70 cm)
Soil: normal/ moist