Rhododendron Nova Zembla
Rhododendron Nova Zembla
Rhododendron Nova Zembla
Rhododendron Nova Zembla
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Rhododendron 'Nova Zembla'

Welcome spring with an extravagant display of vivid red flowers!
  • The exotic-looking blooms of Rhododendron 'Nova Zembla' appear in early May, and are produced in large, showy clusters of bright red flowers, each distinctively marked at the centre with violet-brown.
  • The flowers contrast beautifully with the glossy, dark green foliage which covers this well branched shrub all year, growing into a rounded evergreen shrub over time.
  • A great choice for an exotic planting scheme on acid soils, or adding colour and structure to mixed borders, ‘Nova Zembla’ makes a great specimen in a container.
  • Rhododendrons are low-maintenance shrubs that will perform superbly provided you plant them well and keep them well-watered.
  • Supplied as an established plant in a 17cm pot for immediate planting.

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The exotic looking blooms of Rhododendron 'Nova Zembla' appear in early May, and are produced in large, showy clusters. Each bright red flower is distinctively marked at the centre with violet-brown. If positioned in full sun, the blooms fade to a strong pink which is equally eye-catching.

The flowers contrast beautifully with the glossy, dark green foliage which covers this well branched shrub all year, growing into a rounded evergreen shrub over time.

A great choice for an exotic planting scheme on acid soils, or for adding colour and structure to mixed borders, ‘Nova Zembla’ also makes a great specimen in a container, where they can be moved out of the early morning sun.

Rhododendrons are low-maintenance shrubs that will perform superbly provided you plant them well and keep them well-watered. They mostly prefer bright to dappled shade or partial shade, avoiding morning sunlight which can damage buds.

As Rhododendron roots are shallow, spreading to sides in search for nutrients, they shouldn’t be planted too deeply - remember that they often grow in shallow cracks on mountainsides. Soil does need to be on the acidic side and rich in humus, cool and always moist which will allow established plants to withstand direct mid-day and afternoon sun.

Supplied as an established plant in a 17cm pot, 'Nova Zembla' will reach a height and spread of 1.75m (6ft) and suits container growing perfectly.

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Supplied as an established plant in a 17cm pot, 'Nova Zembla' will reach a height and spread of 1.75m (6ft).

Plant Care Information

Perfect In Pots
Perfect In Pots
Plant In Sunshine
Plant In Sunshine
Winter Hardy
Winter Hardy
Easy To Grow
Easy To Grow
Wildlife Friendly
Wildlife Friendly

Top Tips

  • For improved and more abundant flowering, dead-head faded blooms where possible and avoid shade which reduces blooming.
  • Perfect for growing in a large container (remember to use ericaceous compost), just make sure that you feed and watered well and re-pot every couple of years.

Care Information

  • Rhododendrons can tolerate a more open site as long as they are sheltered from cold, drying winds and early morning sunlight. Mulch plants and water deeply and regularly during dryer periods from July onwards.
  • Your Rhododendron should be planted slightly higher than it was in its pot into well-draining soil.
  • Rhododendrons need an acidic soil with a pH of around 5.5 in order to thrive - soils with pH higher than 5.5 should be acidified before planting or you can grow them in a container with ericaceous compost.
  • Keep plants well-watered and apply a mulch to prevent the soil from drying out.

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Fully Grown Plant Dimensions (approx)

Plant Dimensions
175 cm
175 cm
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