Rhododendron wasonii var. rhododactylum

Rhododendron wasonii var. rhododactylum


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To -20 °C
Height After 10 Years:
Not Scented
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(TALIENSIA H6) This form has pinky-white flowers with light spotting. April - May. Dark green shiny ovate-lanceolate leaves with thick brown woolly indumentum on lower surface, white when young. Height 40-60 cm in 10 years. Requires moist acid soil.

A variable species, and it is unknown whether this plant should have varietal or group status.

Found in West Sichuan, at heights between 2600-3000 metres, as a sprawling plant growing up to 2 metres high.

Named after Rear-Admiral C R Wason (1874-1941), a friend of the collector Ernest Wilson.

Received RHS Award of Merit in 1923 and 1974

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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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