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Rhododendrons grow on sufficiently humid soils even in the sun, but prefer light shade. In addition to spruce trees, forest pine trees are the ideal shade dispensers.
The white, delicately tinged flowers of the Yakushimanum hybrid 'April Morning' will open in mid-AprilThe Yakushimanum hybrids are interesting for hobby gardeners who have little space available: they remain smaller than the large-flowered hybrids and are more sun-tolerant. The variety offer is not so extensive, but there are still many beautiful shades. Leaf flowering is another high point in addition to flowering - the young leaves on some varieties have a fine, silvery-white to brown-red felted coating. Not least for the Yakushimanum hybrids speaks Resistance to the rhododendron cicada.
The Wild species and forms are a large group of very different rhododendrons. They were little changed in breeding and are interesting for lovers who are looking for something special. They are usually a little more sensitive to care and frost sensitive than the varieties of the groups already mentioned. Dwarf varieties such as 'Azurika' and 'Rosina', but also the strongly growing, large-leaved Rhododendron calophytum and the Rhododendron wardii with its bright yellow flowers are among them.
The azaleas also belong to the rhododendrons. Recommended deciduous varieties are the so-called Knap Hill hybrids with their intensely colored flowers in yellow, red, orange or pink. The Japanese Azaleas (Rhododendron obtusum) keep a part of the leaves even in winter and are ideal for small gardens. At the height of flowering in May / June, they produce so many flowers that the small leaves are almost completely obscured.
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