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Rhododendron hybrid

Archive entry 17.06.12

25th May 2017

Back in 1968 my parents planted a row of Rhododendron on their heavy yellow clay, to form a low hedge. It never really happened. A few years ago I dug up the last survivor and moved it to my more amenable Cornish garden where it has had its vigour restored. I am not sure that this is the original hybrid which may have died long ago, this could just be the rootstock that it was grafted onto. For now I am happy to have it. It looks like R. ponticum and that may be its downfall, being especially susceptible to phytophthora infection which is a problem in gardens lower down the valley. It may have to come out, I am considering the options.