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Deseree Rhododendron*

Rhododendron mucronulatum 'Deseree'

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Deseree Rhododendron (Rhododendron mucronulatum 'Deseree') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Deseree Rhododendron flowers

Deseree Rhododendron flowers

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Deseree Rhododendron (Rhododendron mucronulatum 'Deseree') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Deseree Rhododendron in bloom

Deseree Rhododendron in bloom

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  4 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Other Names:  Korean Rhododendron


A breathtaking deciduous azalea covered in white flowers in spring before the leaves, upright habit, one of the hardier selections; absolutely must have well-drained, highly acidic and organic soil, use plenty of peat moss when planting

Ornamental Features

Deseree Rhododendron is blanketed in stunning clusters of white trumpet-shaped flowers at the ends of the branches in early spring, which emerge from distinctive shell pink flower buds before the leaves. It has bluish-green foliage throughout the season. The narrow leaves turn yellow in fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Deseree Rhododendron is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Deseree Rhododendron is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Deseree Rhododendron will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Accent  Massing  Garden 
Flowers  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features