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 hybrid Chiwawa has beautiful big red/orange flowers. The leaves are reasonably big (3 to 6 inches (8 to 15 cm) long) and shiny. I have bought this plant in Germany. I have not seen it in The Netherlands or elsewhere yet.
Attracts bees: no
Exposure: part shade
Flower colour: red
Flowering time: May – June
Foliage colour: green
Fragrant flower: no
Hardiness: -25 ºC (-13 ºF)
Height: 3 ft 11 inches (1.2 m)
Soil: normal/ moist