Rhododendron yakushimanum 'Polaris'
rhododendron 'Hachmann's Polaris'
'Hachmann's Polaris' is a compact evergreen shrub with neat hairy foliage and trusses of bell-shaped, light purplish-pink flowers, 6cm across, darker edged, opening in late spring from carmine-red buds
Ultimate height1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height5–10 years
Ultimate spread1–1.5 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained
Colour & scent
- Partial shade
West–facing or East–facing or South–facing
- Native to the UK
- Potentially harmful
- Harmful if eaten. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
Rhododendron can be evergreen or deciduous shrubs or trees, with simple leaves, sometimes with a dense colourful indumentum of hairs on the lower side, and funnel-shaped, bell-shaped or tubular flowers that may be solitary or in short racemes
- Name status
How to grow
Grow in moist but well-drained, leafy, humus-rich acid soil in part shade with shelter; see rhododendron cultivation
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- City and courtyard gardens
- Cottage and informal garden
- Patio and container plants
- Low Maintenance
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