|Rhododendron 'Rockhouse Hill'
(Rockhouse Hill Rhododendron)
Botanical Name: Rhododendron 'Rockhouse Hill'
Rockhouse Hill Rhododendron
Clear pink flowers with a yellow flare are held in large, loose trusses.
Mid to late June
Dark green leaves are long and narrow.
A dry capsule that is not showy.
An upright rounded habit. Similar to R. maximum but it is more compact and therefore fuller in appearance.
A mid size Rhododendron reaching 6 to 8 feet with an equal spread.
Partial sun to full shade.
None - hybrid
Description: About 30 years ago, Bishop von Wetburg, who I believe was a judge with a small nursery on the side, asked me if I could identify a rhododendron that he had grown in his nursery for a number of years. I couldn't identify it but liked it well enough to grow it here - I named it 'Rockhouse Hill' which was the name of his nursery. This is a plant similar in some respects to R. 'Independence'. I'm sure it has some R. maximum blood, blooming quite late in June after all other rhododendrons are through. The flower color is a clear pink. It's a more compact plant than R. 'Independence' but with a similar leaf, more long than wide, reminiscent of R. maximum. A plant we have in our garden is over 25 years old and is barely over 6 feet tall. We feel that it complements R. 'Independence' and gives us two nice late flowering, clear pink, hardy, large leaf rhododendrons.