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Rhododendron "Oceanlake" flowers
(Photo courtesy of Loen Nursery)
Height: 3 feet
Spread: 3 feet
Hardiness Zone: 6b
This low growing dwarf variety produces violet-blue flowers in mid-spring; foliage turns an attractive burgundy in winter; absolutely must have well-drained, highly acidic and organic soil, use plenty of peat moss when planting
Oceanlake Rhododendron is covered in stunning clusters of violet trumpet-shaped flowers with blue overtones at the ends of the branches in mid spring. It has green foliage. The narrow leaves turn an outstanding burgundy in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Oceanlake Rhododendron is an open multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a mounded form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.
This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Oceanlake Rhododendron is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Oceanlake Rhododendron will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 0 feet from the ground. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.
This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder zones.
This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.
This plant is not reliably hardy in our region, and certain restrictions may apply; contact the store for more information.