Rhododendron 'Polar Night' (Polarnacht)
More About Polar Night ('Polarnacht')
- Clusters of black buds open to purplish-red to red, trumpet-shaped flowers
- Glossy, leathery, green leaves
- Upright, rounded habit
- Group: Elepidote
- Bloom Time: Late spring
'Polarnacht' was hybridized by Hans Hachmann, Germany in 1976.
Seed Parent and Pollen Parent: Turkana x Purple Splendor
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.
Polar Night 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.
Polar Night ('Polarnacht') Characteristics
Average to Dry Soils
Moist to Average