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.
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 ‘Scarlet Wonder’ is a dwarf Rhododendron. The leaves and flowers are a bit smaller than those of an ordinary Rhododendron. The leaves are shiny. The flowers start out red and as they grow older they tend to get more pinkish.
This Rhododendron is easy to prune. Prune after flowering. After pruning it will grow new stems easily.
Contrary to most Rhododendrons the Rhododendron ‘Scarlet Wonder’ easily develops new roots. If you plant the shrub too deep it has no negative consequences. New roots will develop on the stems and everything keeps on growing.
Exposure: sun/ part shade
Foliage color: green
Flower color: red
Flowering time: April - May
Hardiness: -25 ºC (-13 ºF)
Height: 16 inches (40 cm)
Soil: normal/ moist