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Rhododendron schippenbachii, ( Rhododendron Bonsai). Sheffield's Seed Co. Inc.
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Rhododendron schlippenbachii

Royal Azalea

In Stock: 1.046 lb (Total:1.046lb)
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Rhododendron schlippenbachii


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Growing Info

Scarification: none required
Stratification: none required
Germination: requires light for germination, surface sow and keep moist

Other: Sterile soil should be used, care should be taken to not sow the seed too thick 

Introducing the Rhododendron schlippenbachii (Royal Azalea), a breathtaking species of Rhododendron native to the Korean Peninsula and neighboring regions of Manchuria, Japan, and the Russian Far East. This stunning shrub dominates the understory of Korean hillside forests, flourishing at altitudes ranging from 400 to 1500 meters.

The Royal Azalea is a dense deciduous shrub that typically grows to heights between 1 and 2 meters, although it can reach up to 4.5 meters when conditions are optimal. Its obovate leaves, measuring 4.5 to 7.5 centimeters in length, boast beautiful scattered glandular hairs.

But the true star of this plant is its flowers. Delicate and fragrant, the Royal Azalea produces stunning clusters of pale pink blooms that can reach up to 6 inches in size. The upper three petals often display small red spots, adding to their allure. These fantastic flowers make their appearance in late spring to early summer, enhancing any landscape with their beauty and charm.

The scientific name schlippenbachii pays tribute to Baron von Schlippenbach, a Russian officer who collected this species in 1854. In Korean, it is known as cheoljjuk, and if the petals are white, it is referred to as huincheoljjuk. The Royal Azalea holds special significance in South Korea, where it is revered as a local symbol and chosen as an emblem for provinces, cities, and counties like Gapyeong and Miryang.

Cultivating the Royal Azalea is a joy for gardeners all over the world. While it thrives in its native habitat, it can also be successfully grown in many other regions. Although it favors acid soil, it has shown greater tolerance for lime compared to other varieties. However, it requires protection from hot sun and late freezes.

The luscious dark green leaves of the Royal Azalea turn shades of red, yellow, and orange in the fall, providing a breathtaking display of autumn colors. Its beauty and resilience make it a popular choice for bonsai enthusiasts, who take special care to ensure healthy branching to promote the overall growth and vitality of the tree.

Please note that while the Royal Azalea is a sight to behold, it is important to exercise caution as its beautiful flowers are poisonous and not edible.

Discover the allure of the Rhododendron schlippenbachii (Royal Azalea), a species with a rich history and a vibrant presence in gardens worldwide. Its stunning flowers, combined with its adaptability and symbolism, make it a true treasure among flora enthusiasts. Experience the magic of this remarkable shrub and bring a touch of Korean nature to your landscape.

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