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Rhododendron 'President Roosevelt'

Rhododendron 'President Roosevelt'

Description: A superb rhododendron - quite different from the many varieties available as it has striking variegated evergreen leaves. These form a background to the trusses of bright red flowers each with a white centre.

Uses: A good hardy specimen which look great in general landscape schemes,in garden borders, as a flowering specimen or as a pot specimen. Ideal in a woodland situation or in containers in the shade.

Climate/Position: Prefers light shade or sun.

Height/Spread: 1.5 - 1.5 metres tidy habit.

Soil Requirements: An ericaceous plant requiring well drained, light and acid soil. Mulch annually with leaf mould to help protect roots from drying out.

Pruning: No pruning required but you can pick off dead flower heads as they die to produce more flowers and give plant a tidy appearance in summer.

Special Requirements: Mulching plants in spring to ensure moisture retention.

Additional Interest: It is named after the 26th president of the United States, Theodore.  Origin Netherlands 1920 - parentage unknown.