‘Boursault’ Rhododendron

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Rhododendron catawbiense ‘Boursault’
USDA Hardiness Zones: 4a to 8b
‘Boursault’ rhododendron is a wide and upright evergreen shrub that combines large, handsome, dark green foliage with large trusses of rose-tinted lavender flowers in late spring. It is both cold-hardy and heat-tolerant.
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Woody Ornamentals - Flowering Shrubs - Broadleaf - Evergreen
Growth Size:   Medium Shrub - 5 to 6 feet tall, 6 to 8 feet wide
Growth Habit:   Upright
Features:   Bold Texture-Shape, Year Round Color and Interest, Winter Interest
Cold Hardy, Water once a week in extreme heat
Attracts:   Hummingbirds
Garden Ideas:   
Shade, Woodland Shade, Rustic
Flower features:    Showy Flowers
Lavender flowers with occasional reddish-brown markings that bloom in spring
Foliage type and color:    Evergreen, Dark Green
Landscape Uses:    Hedges, Woodland edge, Shady areas, Naturalizing, Screen
, Border, Mass Planting, Specimen
‘Boursault’ Rhododendron is a Low maintenance plant
Growth Size:   Medium Shrub - 5 to 6 feet tall, 6 to 8 feet wide
Growth Rate:   Slow
Spacing:   7-10 ft apart
Exposure:   Partial Shade
Watering:   Moderate
Soil Types:   Acidic   Moist, well-drained   Enriched with organic matter
General Plant Care:    Azaleas do best in consistently semi-moist but well-drained acidic soil, rich with organic matter. Most azaleas prefer partial or filtered shade, but reblooming varieties may need more sun to encourage a second bloom cycle. Use a fertilizer for acid-loving plants, and apply after spring bloom. Lace bugs are a common pest on azaleas. Plant out of full sun to avoid stress that makes azaleas susceptible to lace bugs, or consider a systemic pesticide. Read the label for proper use.
General Planting Tips:    Some plants, including camellias, azaleas, iris, ferns, and dogwood, prefer shallow planting. Choose a site suited to your plant's light, soil, and space needs. Dig a hole three times as wide as the container. Remove plant from container and place in the hole after having loosened the roots slightly. Add soil back to the hole ensuring the top of the root ball is 1-2 inches above the original soil level. No soil should be put on top of the root ball. Water and add more soil to the surrounding area if needed. Add 2-3 inches of mulch around plant, unless no mulch is specified in the care requirements.
General Fertilizing Tips:    Acidic fertilizer after flowering according to package directions.
General Pruning suggestions:    If needed, prune in late winter or early spring to maintain size and shape. Do not remove more than 1/4 of the plant at any one time. It is best to selectively cut branches back to a natural fork in the branch. Shrubs look best when allowed to maintain their natural growth habit - avoid shearing into tight balls or squares.
Bloom Tips:    Remove flower stalks after blooms have faded
USDA Hardiness Zones: 4a to 8b

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