Species

Rhododendron ponticum subsp. ponticum

Common Name(s)

Rhododendron

Family

Ericaceae

Flora Category

Vascular - Exotic

NVS Species Code

RHOPON

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Structural Class

Dicotyledonous Trees & Shrubs

Habitat

Terrestrial.

Features

Large evergreen shrub to 6 m high with light lilac-pink to pinkish purple flowers and dark green leaves. Can set down roots from its barnches.

Similar Taxa

Rhododendron ponticum is the only rhododendron in NZ to sucker (i.e., sets down roots from its branches).

Flowering

October, November, December

Flower Colours

Violet / Purple

Year Naturalised

1958

Origin

SE Europe, Asia minor

Reason For Introduction
Ornamental

Life Cycle Comments
Perennial. 12 years before seeding but prolific annual seed. Dark dense canopy. Outbreeder (Melanie Newfield, 1996)

Reproduction
seed and vegetatively by suckering.

Tolerances
Grows 0-1800m in the Mediterranean (Owen 1997).

Poisonous plant:
All rhododendrons are poisonous.

This page last updated on 5 Dec 2010