Rhododendron molle

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Rhododendron molle (Blume) G.Don

Ericaceae

Life form: shrub

Exposure: sun   5

Moisture: moist

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: decidious

Shape: ovate-lanceolate

Division: simple

Shape: funnel-shaped
Fruit: septicidal capsule

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Inflorescence: raceme

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Dilleniidae
Superordo:
Ericanae
Ordo:
Ericales

Rhododendron molle, commonly known as Chinese azalea, is a shrub.

Naming

Rhododendron molle was already described and the name validly published by Carl Ludwig von Blume. It was George Don, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1834.

Taxonomy

Rhododendron molle is a species in the genus Rhododendron which contains approximately 713 to 1538 species and belongs to the family of the Ericaceae (Heath Family). The type species of the genus is Rhododendron ferrugineum.

Characteristics

Growth

The shrubs reach heights of 50 to 200 centimetres.

Wood and Bark

Leaves

Rhododendron molle is deciduous. The simple leaves are alternate. They are ovate-lanceolate, entire and petiolate. The leaves are around 5 to 20 centimetres large.

Flowers and Fruits

Rhododendron molle produces racemes of yellow funnel-shaped flowers from May to June.

In summer the shrubs carry septicidal capsules.

Root System

Distribution

Rhododendron molle is native to Central China and East China.

Cultivation

The shrubs prefer a sunny situation on moist soil. The substrate should have a pH between 4 and 6. They tolerate temperatures down to -29°C (USDA zone 5).

Uses

Suited for rockeries, as well as suited as cemetery plant and as bee pasture.

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Poisonousness

Rhododendron molle is toxic.

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Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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