Rhododendron ponticum subsp. ponticum
Vascular – Exotic
Trees & Shrubs - Dicotyledons
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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.
Rhododendron ponticum is the only rhododendron in NZ to sucker (i.e., sets down roots from its branches).
October, November, December
SE Europe, Asia minor
Reason For Introduction
Life Cycle Comments
Perennial. 12 years before seeding but prolific annual seed. Dark dense canopy. Outbreeder (Melanie Newfield, 1996)
seed and vegetatively by suckering.
Grows 0-1800m in the Mediterranean (Owen 1997).
All rhododendrons are poisonous.