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Rhododendron maximum 'Independence'

Rosebay Rhododendron

'Independence' is a more refined selection that takes on a rounded form, less open that the straight species. Dome-like buds at the top of each branch flower up to up to 6 weeks later than other large leaf Rhodies. In June massive globes of clear pink flowers open looking spectacular into the second week of July. 'Independence' is perfect for shady areas as a large, showy specimen or grouped in wooded areas.

Benefits

Big evergreen form offers great cover for wildlife
Huge flower trusses in early summer
Thrives in shady, woody areas
Great for sprawling border areas
Perfect nesting spot for many songbirds

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Rhododendrons need cool, moist, well drained organic soil and do best with winter protection. Protect from strong winter sun and wind.


Height
8-12 Feet

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Spread
8-12 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-7

Native Range

Found in wooded, hilly areas from Maine south to Georgia and west to Tennessee and Ohio.

Native Trivia

In order to protect itself from cold temperatures, Rhododendron leaves roll up in temperatures below 25 F to conserve moisture and unfurl when warm temperatures return.


"We love the cover this large shrub provides, birds love it for nesting and beneficial insects think it's a treat!"

Good Companions
Yellowroot (Xanthorhiza simplicissima)

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Medium to Tall Shrubs
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Shade
Soil
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Mammals
Songbirds
Bloom Time
Late Spring / Early Summer
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Songbird
Native Habitat
Forest
Foliage Color
Green
Uses
Accent
Bog, water garden
Evergreen
Fragrant
Hedge, screen
Mass plant
Specimen
Native to
Alabama
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Georgia
Kentucky
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Tennessee
Vermont
Virginia
West Virginia