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white catawba rhododendron noted for bold foliage
Photo 2 of 13Although listed to zone 8, it will do better in zone 8 locations such as the Pacific Northwest. In zone 8 in the South, it may suffer.

White Catawba Rhododendron (2 of 13)

Evergreen shrub noted for its bold foliage and large trusses of white to light lavender flowers in late spring
Plant in morning sun with afternoon shade or bright shade all day
Plant in rich, moist, but well-drained soil
Prune (if needed) and fertilize immediately after flowering
Height: 6-8 feet; Width: 6-8 feet
Hardy in USDA zones 4-8:
Zone 4: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in light to partial shade; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; blooms may be damaged in late frosts.
Zone 5: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in light partial shade; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt.
Zone 6: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in light to partial shade; mulch in fall.
Zone 7: Plant in fall; plant in partial shade; provide supplemental water during dry spells; mulch in fall.
Zone 8: Plant in fall; plant in partial shade with protection from hot afternoon sun; provide supplemental water during dry spells; mulch in fall; plants may languish in warmer (Southern) parts of this zone.

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