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Rhododendron 'Lady Clementine Mitford'
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rhododendron 'Lady Clementine Mitford'

'Lady Clementine Mitford' is a large spreading evergreen shrub with dark foliage, silvery when young. Rounded trusses of broadly funnel-shaped peach-pink flowers 8cm wide, paler within with a flare of brownish spots, open from late spring

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Size
Ultimate height
1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Pink Grey Silver Green
Summer Pink Green
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or North–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Ericaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

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

Accepted

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How to grow

Cultivation

Easy to grow in moist, humus-rich acid soil but will not tolerate deep planting

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer, layering in autumn or grafting in late summer or late winter. Will not come true from seed

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Pruning group 8

Pests

Can get aphids, caterpillars, leafhoppers and vine weevil

Diseases

May be affected by powdery mildews, a leaf spot and lime induced chlorosis amongst others

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