R. orbiculare

Here’s a compact bush – if grown in a sunny location – with a nicely tiered effect. The soft pink flowers hang as dainty bell-shaped blossoms, blooming April to May. The leaves have interesting overlapping “ears” where the petiole (leaf stem) joins the leaf and look a bit like lilypads. This is an unusual and much sought-after plant.

This rhododendron will like partial sun, especially if you want to keep it compact, small amounts of fertilizer on Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, gentle watering, and well-aerated soil with good drainage.