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Rhododendron yakushimanum ‘Fantastica’


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Rhododendron yakushimanumFantastica‘ is an evergreen shrub belonging to the species Rhododendron yakushimanum, which is part of the heather family (Ericaceae).
Produced at Zymon Ornamental Shrubs Nursery, yakushima rhododendrons grow slowly and reach a lower height compared to catawbiense rhododendrons. They have a more spreading growth habit. Originating from Japan's Yakushima island, yakushima rhododendrons are characterized by good drought resistance and moderate frost tolerance. Varieties of the yakushima species perform well both when planted in containers and in gardens.
In contrast to azaleas, also belonging to the heather family, rhododendrons do not lose their leaves during winter. In extreme cold, the leaves may curl into tubes.
When planning to grow rhododendrons in the garden, it's important to provide 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. Rhododendrons thrive best along the edges of small ponds, water features, or other bodies of water, where there is a moist microclimate.
  4. Rhododendrons definitely thrive better when planted in groups.

Rhododendrons dislike transplanting greatly, so it's crucial to prepare and choose the right location for these coveted plants. If you have any doubts regarding the selection or requirements of the plant, feel free to contact us, and we'll provide expert advice on plant selection.

Rhododendron yakushimanum 'Fantastica' is an evergreen, compact shrub with a rounded flattened habit.
The leaves of the 'Fantastica' variety are dark green and leathery, slightly glossy with a lighter underside and slightly rolled edges.
Rhododendron yakushimanum 'Fantastica' blooms from the second half of May to the first half of June. The flowers have intensely pink edges transitioning to a pale pink center. They are gathered in large decorative and dense spherical terminal inflorescences.
Rhododendron yakushimanum 'Fantastica' exhibits good frost resistance; however, it is recommended to cover especially young plants for winter.

Roślina bardzo dekoracyjna o efektownym neonowym kolorze kwiatów doceniona na wielu wystawach:

  • RHS Award of Garden Merit,

  • Gold Medal BUGA Dusseldorf 1987.

  • Gold Medal BUGA Dortmund 1991,
  • Gold Medal BUGA Cottbus 1995.
Height and width of the dispatched plant

30/40 cm

Target height and width

100/130 cm

Planting period

From spring to autumn

Container size

C7.5 - 7.5 litre

Bloom time

From May to June


Minimum -23/-21 degrees, Zone 6A


Keep the soil moderately moist.

Soil type

Loamy, permeable, acidic pH 3.5-4.5


Partial shade

Maintenance procedures


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