Good Doer Rhododendrons   -   The Species

Many rhododendron species collected in the wild from other parts of the world can be difficult to grow in the eastern US. However, the following plants from China and Japan do quite well for us. The flowers are elegant in their own right, but many rhododendron species become the most prized foliage plants in a collector's garden.
R. fortunei R. metternichii Yaku Angel
R. fortunei
A Chinese species with
lavender to white flowers
R. metternichii
My most favorite plant!
A Japanese species with
PERFECT foliage
R. yakushimanum
variety "Yaku Angel"
An outstanding semi-dwarf
from Mt. Yakushima in Japan

R. makinoi

R. makinoi
"Margaret White"

This plant is an outstanding selection of the Japanese rhododendron species, R. makinoi that was raised by Jack Ayres of Oakton, VA, and named in honor of the Margaret White. Margaret has been one of the leading rhododendron experts in the Washington D.C. region for many years. The White Garden has been designated as a horticultural center in Fairfax County.

R. makinoi

Some Other Excellent Species

Reliable Rhododendrons for the Middle Atlantic Region

  1. Introduction
  2. The Dexter Rhododendrons
  3. The Gable Rhododendrons
  4. Recent East Coast Rhododendron Hybrids
  5. Species Rhododendrons
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