More About 'Vernus'
- AKA Rhodendron 'Vernum'
- Clusters of light pink, trumpet-shaped flowers with dark red blotches
- Glossy, leathery, green leaves
- Upright, rounded habit
- Group: Elepidote
- Bloom Time: Early spring
'Vernus' was hybridized by Shammarello and introduced in 1961.
Seed Parent and Pollen Parent: red flowered catawbiense hybrid x Cunningham's White
Predominant Flower Colour: Pink
Elepidote: Without scales, as opposed to lepidote. Large leaf.
Lepidote: Having scales. Tiny scales typically cover the undersides of the leaves. Small leaf.
Vernus 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.
Moist to Average
Average to Dry Soils