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Rhododendron ponticum
(sold as Variegatum)

Family: Ericaceae

Native to: East Mediterranean, Ireland, Naturalized Britain, Western Mediterranean

Sentiment: beware


Type: shrub

Forms: clumping, erect, open form

Leaves evergreen

Max height: 20 feet

Max width: 19.6 feet


magenta/purple, violet


green, secondary color present


Attracts wildlife: adult butterfly, bird, hummingbird

Plant part consumed by birds: insects, nectar

Bird uses plant for shelter or cover or cavity: shelter

Plant features: evergreen

Exposure: light shade

Propagates by: seed

flowers in spring

Soil acidity: acidic

Soil type: well drained

USDA Zones: zone 6 to -10 f, zone 7 to 0 f, zone 8 to +10 f, zone 9 to +20 f

Temp. range: -10 to +30 °F

Water: regular

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