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Rhododendron 'Nova Zembla'

Photo courtesy of Vanbelle

Photo courtesy of Vanbelle

More About 'Nova Zembla'

  • Clusters of fuschia-red, trumpet-shaped flowers
  • Glossy, leathery, green leaves
  • Upright, rounded habit
  • Group: Elepidote
  • Bloom Time: Midseason

Interesting Notes:

'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.

Zone:

5

Height:

125-150 cm

Spread:

125-150 cm

Colour:

Red
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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

Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Evergreen
Evergreen
Rock garden
Rock garden

Soil Moisture

Average to Dry Soils
Well-drained
Moist to Average

Growth Rate

Slow

Attributes

Fall Color

Flowering Time

Spring

Habit

Upright
Rounded

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Foundation planting
Specimen