|Rhododendron Chapmanii, Chapman's Rhododendron|
Evergreen Rhododendron Native to Florida
The rarest rhododendron of all might also be the most beautiful! I have grown native azaleas in my garden for years, but I did not even know an evergreen native rhododendron existed until recently.
The beautiful green foliage has a reddish tint in early Spring.
Rhododendron Chapmanii is the only evergreen rhododendron native to Florida, and actually there are only a few evergreen species of rhododendron native to the United States.
Chapman's Rhododendron is very rare, and is probably the most rare of all wild rhododendrons in North America. This rhododendron is an endangered species, so if you are lucky enough to find some growing wild, it is illegal to dig them up or disturb them in any way.
The beautiful rose pink flowers appearing in Spring are exquisite. The blooms are borne in clusters and look like bouquets on the tips of the branches.
Chapman's Rhododendron occurs naturally only in Florida, but it can be grown anywhere in USDA Zones 5b - 8.
Rhododendron Chapmanii prefers dappled shade beneath pines or hardwoods.
All rhododendrons need well-drained soil, but Chapman's Rhododendron will need regular water.
I would not give it much direct sun. Afternoon sun would burn the lovely green foliage.
To obtain this rare native plant for your garden, please visit Shady Gardens Nursery.