A free flowering understory shrub Rhododendron schlippenbachii is commonly called the Royal Azalea.
Masses of fragrant soft pink flowers in mid spring make this a great plant for a shaded position in the garden.
Rarely offered for sale as it is a little difficult to propagate, this is a species that will flower earlier than other deciduous types. Autumn colour is best described as Alizarin crimson or bluish red. This is a deciduous speeches that naturally occurs from Japan, the Korean Peninsula through to Russia.
Care and Maintenance
Being an understory plant Rhododendron schlippenbachii appreciates shade, it grows well beneath large deciduous tree near the drip line. A humus rich well mulched soil is important.
- Dig the soil over well and weed.
- Add good amounts of well rotted compost and a little aged cow manure.
- Plant at the same depth it was in the container.
- Water in with a liquid seaweed fertiliser.
- Mulch around the plant with good amounts of organic mulch each year.
- Water during very dry periods over spring to summer while establishing.
Generally not required expect for removing dead or damaged wood.
Propagation is possible from seed however it will take many years to obtain a flowering sized plant. Cuttings are possible, however difficult to obtain good strike rates. Layering is an effective method for many growers.
- Botanical Name – Rhododendron schlippenbachii
- Common Name – Royal Azalea.
- Family –
- Position – Dappled shade.
- Soil – Well drained moist soils.
- Height – To around 2 – 3 metres.
- Spread – To around 2 – 3 metre.
- Flowers – Pale pink to white.
- Flowering time – Spring.
- Foliage – Mid green.
- Frost tolerant – Yes
- Drought tolerant – Medium
Rhododendron schlippenbachii is available for sale from the following nurseries
In Melbourne try –
GENTIANA NURSERY – 03 9751 2163
Olinda Monbulk Rd. Olinda.