If you are looking for a Rhododendron with impact, then Rhododendron lindleyi is one to consider, if you can find it!
With large pure white flowers with a nice fragrance, it flowers at an early age and although it does not have a compact bushy habit it does provide a different perspective with its open growth habit.
Best when grafted, as the root system of Rhododendron lindleyi is not particularly vigorous. It will need to grafted onto a species that falls into the same Maddenia section, so ‘Sino Nuttali’ rootstock is a good choice.
Why is this plant so hard to find ?
Rhododendron lindleyi does not fit the direction of landscapers who are influenced by the need for mass planting of the same plants and neatness. It might be a great plant, and we think it is, however it has fallen from favour.
Rhododendron lindleyi Care
If you are lucky enough to find this species for sale, and have the space, it is a ‘must have’ addition to the garden of any Rhododendron lover.
Choose a frost free position and a humus rich soil. Good drainage is also important. Look for a position in dappled shade where moisture will be available through summer.
This is a naturally, ‘Straggly’ plant, pruning will never make it really bushy. We love it, we love the flowers the spicy lemon perfume and the way it refuses to be tamed into neatness.