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Rhododendron ‘Tortoiseshell Orange’


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Rhododendron 'Tortoiseshell Orange' is an evergreen shrub of the species Rhododendron catawbiense, which belongs to the heather family (Ericaceae).
Produced at the Zymon Ornamental Shrubs Nursery, Catawba Rhododendrons are hybrids. Botanically, the Catawba Rhododendron originates from North America, where it grows in the understory of forests and is characterized by good frost resistance.
In contrast to azaleas, also belonging to the heather family, rhododendrons do not lose their leaves in winter. Instead, during extreme frosts, the leaves can curl into tubes.
When planning to cultivate rhododendrons in the garden, it is important to ensure several key conditions that will allow you to enjoy their beauty for a long time:

  1. The rhododendron requires a semi-shaded and sheltered position, protected from the wind.
  2. The soil prepared for the rhododendron should be acidic, rich in organic matter, well-draining, and moderately moist.
  3. Różaneczniki najlepiej rosną nad brzegami niewielkich stawów, oczek wodnych lub innych zbiorników, gdzie występuje mikroklimat a gleba jest stale wilgotna.
  4. Rhododendrons definitely thrive better when planted in groups.

Rhododendrons tolerate transplanting very poorly, so it is essential to properly prepare and choose a location for the plant. If you have any doubts regarding the choice of plant or its requirements, we invite you to contact us, and we will provide professional advice to assist you in selecting the plants.

Rhododendron 'Tortoiseshell Orange' is an evergreen shrub with a bushy habit and moderate growth, featuring elliptical olive-green leaves.
The buds of the 'Tortoiseshell Orange' variety are orange-red, while the flowers are neon-salmon-colored with shades of orange and small spots on the upper petal and wavy edges, gathered in loose terminal clusters.
It is recommended to cover especially young plants during winter.
This variety was awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit in 1993.

Height and width of the dispatched plant

30/40 cm

Target height and width

160/200 cm

Planting period

From spring to autumn

Container size

C7.5 - 7.5 litre

Bloom time

From May to June


Hardy, zone 6B


Keep the soil moderately moist.

Soil type

Loamy, permeable, acidic pH 3.5-4.5


Partial shade

Maintenance procedures


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