Rhododendron molle (Blume) G.Don
Rhododendron molle, commonly known as Chinese azalea, is a shrub.
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.
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.
The shrubs reach heights of 50 to 200 centimetres.
Wood and Bark
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.
Rhododendron molle is native to Central China and East China.
The shrubs prefer a sunny situation on moist soil. The substrate should have a pH between 4 and 6. They tolerate temperatures down to -29Â°C (USDA zone 5).
Suited for rockeries, as well as suited as cemetery plant and as bee pasture.
Maintenance and Propagation
Rhododendron molle is toxic.
Please read the health issues note!
Pests and Diseases
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