Rhododendron dauricum 'Midwinter'  AGM

Rhododendron dauricum 'Midwinter' AGM


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Flowering Month:
Flower Colour:
Purple & Blue
Height After 10 Years:
Not Scented
Interesting Foliage:
To -20 °C
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3 litre
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This super clone of dauricum has very early bright rose purple flowers in December and January. With semi deciduous leaves and copper autumn foliage, the striking flowers appear on the bare branches making a welcome display in the depths of winter.

It does need well drained soil and shelter when young. It also needs a good sunny position to ripen the wood, then it is a tough hardy plant in the garden. Unfortunately this plant is always difficult to propagate, so it is often not available.

  • Recommended for lovely early flower.
  • Plantsman range.
  • Ideal position: needs careful site selection - see above.
  • Habit: upright.
  • Group: Small Leaved Rhododendron.
  • Subsection: Rhodorastra.
  • Introduction date: for dauricum pre 1900 (1780) and this clone in the 1960's.
  • Species distribution: dauricum distribution: Russia, Manchuria, NE China, Korea, Japan.
  • Approximate altitude: unknown.
  • Ideal soil: pH 4.5 to 6.0
  • RHS Hardiness Rating: H6.
  • How we usually propagate this plant: Cutting. 
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit.

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The Basics

Ideal soil

Acidic soil, good organic content, pH 4.5-6.0. Inkarho range of rhododendrons will tolerate soils up to pH7.5

Sun or Shade

Light dappled shade is best for most varieties.


Refer to hardiness rating. Give young plants protection.

Site Selection

Avoid close to trees, roots, invasive weeds, walls, hot patios, dry banks and waterlogged soils. Do not use weed matting or stone mulch.

Plant spacing

Use the height shown in 10 years as a guide to the distance between each plant. Allow room for plant to fill out. If planting closer for instant impact, be prepared to move plants after a few years.


  • 3 litre pot, dig in 10-20 litres of ericaceous compost.
  • 7.5 litre pot, dig in 20-30 litres of ericaceous compost.
  • 70-80cm specimen, dig in 60 litres of ericaceous compost.
  • 100-120cm specimen, dig in 120 litres of ericaceous compost.

Planting depth

Plant high in the ground, with the top of the rootball visible.


Slow-release ericaceous feed recommended in March and straight after flowering.


Recommended every few years.


The key ingredient! Keep moist all season, especially the critical time at end of June for flower bud initiation. Tap water is better than no water. Heavy dose at least once per week in dry weather.


Ensure good drainage in winter, especially with yellow flowering varieties. Avoid waterlogged sites.


Rhododendrons and Camellias: Not normally required. Tidy wayward shoots after flowering.

Evergreen azaleas and Bloombux can be clipped into a low hedge.

Magnolias and Acers: Formative pruning when young to shape into a tree or bush.


Remove old flower-heads, particularly on young or weak plants.

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