Growing Rhododendrons in North Carolina
When you think of North Carolina mountains, you might just think of the beautiful rhododendron flowers that line the Blue Ridge Parkway. But did you know it’s possible to successfully raise rhododendron in our state at lower elevations?
The Southgate series has been bred with heat tolerant forms of rhododendron.
Join Mark Weathington of NC State University’s JC Raulston Arboretum for this In the Garden segment as he talks about selecting a more heat-tolerant variety of this exotic beauty. With a little bit of soil amendment and a well-chosen spot in your yard, rhododendrons can make your garden pop with color and excitement.
To read more about the history of this iconic plant in North Carolina, visit Our State magazine.
Rhododendron Quick Tips
- Grow best in moist, well-drained, acidic soils
- Avoid dense, clay soils
- Plant high in a shallow hole
- Prefer dappled shade
More Gardening Resources
- NC State Extension Plants Database
- NC State Extension Gardening
- NC State Extension Master Gardener Program
- The North Carolina Extension Gardener Handbook