Rhododendron Nancy Evans AGM

Rhododendron Nancy Evans AGM


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Flower Colour:
To -15 °C
Height After 10 Years:
Not Scented
Interesting Foliage:
3 litre
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Orange buds opening to deep golden yellow flowers on this stunning plant. It flowers in early May and in our opinion is one of the best yellow varieties. The foliage is of particular interest having distinct oval leaves. New foliage has bronzy leaves which turn a lovely glossy deep green. Height about 140cm, and spread about 160cm in 10 years.
As with all yellow Rhododendrons, this plant does need good drainage (but not dry conditions!).

  • Recommended for: stunning yellow flowers.
  • Plantsman range.
  • Ideal position: Dappled shade, needs careful site selection and good drainage.
  • Habit: Open.
  • Group: Hybrid Rhododendron.
  • Parentage: 'Hotei' (s) X 'Lem's Cameo'.
  • Hybridization date: pre 2000 (1970).
  • Bred by: E. C. Brockenbrough. Origin: American.
  • Ideal soil: pH 4.5 to 6.
  • RHS Hardiness Rating: H5.
  • How we usually propagate this plant: Cutting.
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit.


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"First class service and plants of superior quality"
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"The plants were well wrapped for transport and arrived in lovely, healthy condition with plenty of plump buds for this season. I love Nancy Evans and have got more than twenty of them. They start off a lovely red when the buds first begin to open and become orange as they continue to open, then finally end up yellow; lovely. "
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"Well packed, received in excellent conditon and growing on rapidly, beautiful plant from excellent stock, well done."
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"Arrived in excellent condition with good instructions. Plant has taken very well and we look forward to a healthy plant for years to come."
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"Very pleased with my Nancy Evans, I have three now, such a brilliant hybrid."
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"Very quick delivery, the plant is excellent and just coming into flower. Many thanks."
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"This is a very attractive rhododendron, a lovely yellow that emerges from reddish buds. The plant I received had lots of buds and looks very healthy. Delivery was very quick."
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"Good selection of Rhododendrons. The Nancy Evans variety I bought looks very healthy."
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"Sturdy and healthy plant. Very pleased with the service and will certainly use again."
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"A beautiful plant but yet to flower."
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"My rhododendron arrived very well packed with no damage to the plant. It looks very healthy with lots of strong green leaves. It was put into my garden and looks very happy. I am looking forward to the first flowers. "
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"Excellentl service and good quality plants. All that is needed. Well done."
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"Plant was in good condition, is doing well. Too early to say how the plant will hold it's colours in the future."
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"After an initial misunderstanding that was immediately resolved to my complete satisfaction I received a very impressive 'Nancy Evans' that arrived well-packed and within two days. Overall very impressed with my purchase of this excellent hybrid."
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"Although looking a little tired on receipt, due to having recently finished flowering, this plant is also going to double in size very soon and is recovering well. Another great buy, I've no doubt I shall be looking at your stock again soon."
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" Very pleased with recent purchase of Nancy Evans Rhododendron. Excellent strong plant, flowering and new growth already"
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"Excellent product. Plant is now in full bloom. Nancy Evans has a special place in our garden as it was my wifes mothers maiden name."
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"Good healthy plant"
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"very sturdy plant in very good condition arrived in good time we are very happy with our purchase"
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"Excellent quality on arrival, very well packaged, would highly recommend."
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Good to know

Dome-shaped plants ideal for pots and small borders, growing to 75-100cm (2.5-3 foot) in 10 years. These are mainly of Rhododendron williamsianum and Rhododendron yakushimanum hybrids.

R. williamsianum hybrids normally flower in April and are tolerant of slightly higher pH, which can be useful for those growing on neutral soils. They have small clusters of bell-shaped flowers which hang down, which contrast well with other rhododendrons. Their rounded leaves makes them a great foliage plant all year, and softens the landscape in larger planting schemes. Some varieties can be shy to flower as a young plant, but will normally flower in the year after planting out.

'Yak' hybrids mainly flower in May, with a small rounded truss of flowers, often bright in colour when first opening, but always fading paler over the next couple of weeks. These are typically very tough plants, which are ideal for the front of border, or for more formal situations Alternatively, yak hybrids are suitable for growing in pots and containers; re-pot every 3 years for best performance. Most varieties will bud up and flower as a 3 litre plant.

They will take sun or shade, but dappled is best. Compact rhododendrons like moist acidic soil, with good drainage, and plenty of organic matter such as leaf-mould and added ericaceous compost. Plant no deeper than the top of the rootball, and dig in plenty of good ericaceous compost around the sides. For a guide to plant spacing, use the height we give in 10 years as a guide to the distance between each plant, so this is about 1 plant per m² Give a teaspoon of slow-release feed at the 3 litre size, rising to a small handful full for mature plants. They are not normally nibbled by deer and rabbits. Pruning is not recommended, but wayward shoots can be cut back straight after flowering to improve shape.

Please note: Most of these varieties are dome shaped plants, often wider than their height. Specimen size plants (eg 80-90cm) will be measured by their largest measurement which is typically the spread of the plant.

For further advice, For further advice, see here

Size Guide

Size guide

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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