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Trude Webster Rhododendron

Rhododendron 'Trude Webster'

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Trude Webster Rhododendron (Rhododendron 'Trude Webster') at Shonnard's Nursery

Trude Webster Rhododendron flowers

Trude Webster Rhododendron flowers

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Height:  5 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6a


A showy broadleaf evergreen rhododendron with frilly pink flowers that have burgundy dorsal spotting; habit is compact and upright; best with some shelter, absolutely must have well-drained, highly acidic and organic soil

Ornamental Features

Trude Webster Rhododendron is blanketed in stunning clusters of lightly-scented pink trumpet-shaped flowers with hot pink overtones and burgundy spots at the ends of the branches in mid spring. It has grayish green evergreen foliage. The glossy narrow leaves remain grayish green throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Trude Webster Rhododendron is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer 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.

Trude Webster Rhododendron is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Trude Webster Rhododendron will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. 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. You may want to keep it away from hot, dry locations that receive direct afternoon sun or which get reflected sunlight, such as against the south side of a white wall. 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 foliage 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 particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

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