Monday, 4 January 2016

Rhododendron dauricum "Midwinter", 3rd January 2016

I ordered two rhododendrons from the Perth based Glendoick Gardens Centre, one being the Mucronulatum I featured a couple of weeks ago. The second plant is Rhododendron dauricum "Midwinter" and it has just burst into flower. It resides in a temporary pot until the weather improves and I decide on its proper position. The plants were expensive given added tax and postage and there is at least one cheaper source that I should have checked before buying. Age does not endow me with any greater sense. The shrub is a glorious, spectacular sight when mature, and even with my admittedly fine young specimen, the tiny flowers looked good yesterday afternoon in the rain and in close-up with the stamens very prominent.



It will grow to a height of 1.5m and 1.5m in width. The foliage is described as being semi-evergreen, and I could clearly detect an almost eucalyptus-like scent from the purple green leaves. The Chinese have traditionally used the extract for treating chronic tracheitis. The "Midwinter" clone received an RHS Award of Garden Merit in 1984.


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