Vulcan's Flame Rhododendron
Rhododendron 'Vulcan's Flame'
Vulcan's Flame Rhododendron flowers
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Height: 4 feet
Spread: 5 feet
Hardiness Zone: 5a
This dazzling evergreen shrub is bathed in clusters blazing red blooms that will definitely draw the eye; an excellent choice to mass in groupings, or as a captivating focal point of the garden; must have rich acidic soil
Vulcan's Flame Rhododendron is bathed in stunning clusters of lightly-scented red trumpet-shaped flowers at the ends of the branches from mid to late spring. It has green evergreen foliage which emerges light green in spring. The glossy narrow leaves remain green throughout the winter.
Vulcan's Flame Rhododendron is an open multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.
This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Vulcan's Flame Rhododendron is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Vulcan's Flame Rhododendron will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.
This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. You may want to keep it away from hot, dry locations that receive direct afternoon sun or which get reflected sunlight, such as against the south side of a white wall. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the foliage in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.