Another Vireya type, Rhododendron laetum is originally from Indonesia and New Guinea. Not widely found in cultivation, however available from plant sales on occassion, this is a very attractive plant when in flower.
This species was identified in the early 1900s, and first being collected and brought into cultivation in the early 1960s. Large deep golden yellow flowers, tubular with a larger flare than some other species.
Reaching around 1 – 2 m in height with a similar spread, this is another species that grows well in a temperate climate.
Used widely in Vireya Rhododendron hybridisation this is a species that deserves its own place in the garden.
Rhododendron laetum Care
- Well drained humus rich moist soil
- Mulch around plants to maintain a cool root run
- Best in dappled shade and a frost free position
- Pruning is generally not required, however you can tip prune after flowering to help maintain a bushy habit.