- Position: partial shade
- Soil: moist, well-drained, humus-rich, acid soil or ericaceous compost
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: May - June
- Hardiness: fully hardy
The evergreen foliage of this distinctive rhododendron really sets it apart from the rest. A dark, lustrous green, sometimes with a flush of burgundy, it has a slender shape that gives the plant a very elegant appearance throughout the year. The trusses of sugar-pink blooms, which appear in late spring or early summer will put on an impressive display too. A tough and reliable shrub, it will make a welcome addition to mixed shrub borders or large pots.
- Garden care: Avoid planting too deeply. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of leaf mould around the base of the plant each spring.