|Rhododendron maximum 'Independence'
(Independence Rosebay Rhododendron)
Botanical Name: Rhododendron maximum 'Independence'
Independence Rosebay Rhododendron
The large trusses are made up of clear pink flowers with a large yellow flare on the upper petal.
Flowers open in mid to late June and continue into
The dark green leaves are long and narrow.
A dry capsule that is not showy.
Upright rounded habit. It is well branched and therefore fuller than the species.
8 to 12 feet tall with a slightly narrower width.
Partial sun to full shade.
Eastern United States
The stems are very red, especially in the fall.
Description: Roger Coggeshall of Cherry Hill Nursery gave me this plant many years ago. He had been growing and selling it as ‘Pink Maximum’ but told me I could name it if I wished. The first time it bloomed here it was still blooming on the fourth of July, so I named it ‘Independence’. We like it very much for its plant habit, (not as vigorous as R. maximum), red stems, dark green leaves and a good overall well branched appearance. The flowers open in late June and are a good size and a clear shade of pink.