Rhododendron taliense 'Honigduft'

Rhododendron taliense 'Honigduft'


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(TALIENSIA H7) Creamy white flowers with crimson spotting in April-May. Lovely foliage with an intense scent of honey, especially when rubbed or in the sun on a warm day.  Thick tawny white indumentum on new leaves during summer, maturing to woolly brown. Height 80-100 cm in 10 years.

This is a fine new selection from Germany. The name means 'Honey Scent', and you can smell the lovely scent of honey from the foliage when standing several metres away from the plant. This plant prefers cooler conditions, and the foliage can scorch in hot sun, so it is best planted in a slightly shaded position. 

Epithet: From Tali range, Yunnan.

  • Recommended for interesting foliage.
  • Easy to grow.
  • Ideal position: sheltered woodland.
  • Habit: Shrub.
  • Group: Species Rhododendron.
  • Subsection: Taliensia.
  • Species distribution: W and NW Yunnan.
  • Approximate altitude: 3,000 – 3,700m.
  • Ideal soil: pH 4.5 to 6.
  • RHS Hardiness Rating: H7.

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"An excellent healthy plant, and I look forward to detecting the scent of honey from it's foliage "
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"The honey scent of this rhododendron leaves is wonderful. The plant looks very healthy. I have put it in a pot for the time being and will plant it in the ground in the autumn. I have bought several rhododendrons from Millais recently, and they are all doing well. "
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"Excellent healthy plant as usual quite a tight head and as yet no flowers but looking healthy and happy next year I’m sure will flower"
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Species Rhododendrons often have wonderful foliage, but are fairly specialist and are best grown by more experienced gardeners.

These are the plants which were discovered by plant collectors, growing in the wild in the Himalayas and other mountain regions of the world. Being species they do not have the ‘hybrid vigour’ of named varieties, but they often do have great character and interest in flower and foliage. We pride ourselves in one of the best ranges of rhododendron species in the country, and we try to propagate these from recognised good forms. These may be identified by the original plant collector’s seed number, (eg R. denudatum EGM 294) or by a clonal name given to a selected plant (eg R. degronianum ‘Ho Emma’). Many rhododendron species rhododendrons are well worth growing for their foliage alone!

Rhododendrons like moist acidic soil, with good drainage, and plenty of organic matter such as leaf-mould and added ericaceous compost. Species should be given the best planting positions, which are neither too wet nor too dry. Yellow varieties need especially good drainage. For a guide to plant spacing, use the height we give in 10 years as a guide to the distance between each plant. Plant no deeper than the top of the rootball, and dig in plenty of good ericaceous compost around the sides. Most species require very little fertilizer and half a teaspoon of slow release feed is sufficient for a 3 litre plant, rising to a tablespoonful for a mature plant. Those in the taliensia and neriiflora subsections are particularly salt-sensitive, and should only be fed with a mulch. Most species in this section are not troubled by deer and rabbits.

Please note: It can take a number of years before some species start to flower, but often you can enjoy some lovely foliage while you are waiting. Flower colour of species can vary considerably from one clone to the next. For example, R. campanulatum can flower from white to pink or deep lilac, and there are selections of R. arboreum ranging from red through pink to white. We aim to supply the best clones possible. Typically, species are not recommended for growing in pots, as it is too difficult to provide the necessary care that they need.

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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