SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: UC Berkeley Botanic Garden - Berkeley, CA
Utility friendly tree.
Needs ample moisture. Late in age blooming. Grows to 5 feet in 10 years. Phytophthora Sudden Oak Death has been identified in Rhododendrons in a nursery in Santa Cruz county.
Native to India.
Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 5 - 10 feet.
Width: 15 feet.
Growth Rate: 12 to 24 Inches per Year.
Longevity 50 to 150 years.
Leaves Elliptic to Obovate, Medium to Light Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Showy. Cream, White or Yellow. Flowers in Spring. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Brown or Red Capsule, fruiting in Summer.
Bark Dark Brown, Fissured.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 4 - 6 and 15 - 17.
USDA Hardiness Zones 8 - 9.
Exposure Partial Shade to Full Shade.
Very Acidic Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Beetle Grubs, Armillaria, Chlorosis and Root Rot.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium Weak
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
Poisonous Health Hazard.
Not Deer Palatable.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Rhododendron falconeri Tree Record." 1995-2020. Apr 6, 2020.
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