Rhododendron 'Nova Zembla'
More About 'Nova Zembla'
- Clusters of fuschia-red, trumpet-shaped flowers
- Glossy, leathery, green leaves
- Upright, rounded habit
- Group: Elepidote
- Bloom Time: Midseason
'Nova Zembla' (means 'new land' in Russian) was hybridized and introduced by M. Koster & Sons, Holland in 1902.
Seed Parent and Pollen Parent: Parsons Grandiflorum x hardy red hybrid
Predominant Flower Colour: Red
Elepidote: Without scales, as opposed to lepidote. Large leaf.
Lepidote: Having scales. Tiny scales typically cover the undersides of the leaves. Small leaf.
Nova Zembla Rhododendron Growing and Maintenance Tips
Rhododendrons require constant moisture (but not standing water), a fertile soil with a low pH and grow best in partial shade. Any pruning should be done soon after flowering to ensure bud set. Plants can benefit from protection (burlap wrap) against drying, winter winds and sun in an exposed location.
'Nova Zembla' Characteristics
Soil MoistureAverage to Dry Soils
Moist to Average
Landscape usesFoundation planting