Rhododendron ‘Fred G. Peste’

(Fred G. Peste Rhododendron)


$99.99


Hardiness Zones:

 7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

Red rhododendrons are high-impact shrubs that demand your attention and Fred Peste is no exception.  A tough plant, it has non-fading, cardinal-red flowers with a deep maroon-red throat and spots on the dorsal lobe. Flowers, which appear in late May, are held in flat trusses of 14. Its long, dark olive-green leaves are leathery and covered beneath with moderate orange-yellow indumentum.

Description

Best grown in acidic, humusy, organically rich, medium moisture, moisture-retentive but well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. Prefers a sun dappled shade. Plant in a location protected from strong winter winds. Good soil drainage is essential (doesn’t like “wet feet”). Poor drainage inevitably leads to root rot, therefore raised beds/plantings should be considered in heavy clay soils. Shallow, fibrous root systems (do not cultivate around plants) will benefit greatly from a mulch (e.g., wood chips, bark or pine needles) to help retain moisture and stabilize soil temperatures. Roots must never be allowed to dry out. Acidify soils as needed. Clip off spent flower clusters immediately after bloom as practicable.

Additional information

Common Name

Fred G. Peste Rhododendron

Botanical Name

Rhododendron 'Fred G. Peste'

Container/Amount

5 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous

Evergreen

Hardiness Zone

7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate

Average

Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun

Height

3 ft.

Width

3 ft.

Soil Condition

Well-drained

Water Needs

Average, Consistent moisture

Blooming Period

April/May

Flower Color

red

Fragrance

No

Foliage Color

green

Deer Resistant

Yes

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