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Crete Rhododendron

Availability : Pre-Order for Spring
Availability : In Stock
$94.99
This product does not ship to: Idaho
  • Full Shade to Partial Sun
  • Mature Height 2 - 3 Feet
  • Mature Spread 2 - 3 Feet
  • Growing Zones 5 - 8

If you are looking for an evergreen shrub that produces a wonderful display in early summer, check out the Crete Rhododendron. Also known as Rhododendron yakushimanum 'Crete, this stunning ericaceous-loving shrub develops a dazzling display of dark pink-purple buds before opening into almost white blooms. A compact rhododendron, ‘Crete’ remains small at around three feet tall, and flowers in May.

Forming a mounding habit of dense evergreen foliage, Crete Rhododendron will even provide some winter structure. When grown in the right place, it needs little looking after and is ignored by the deer. This shrub is winter hardy and suitable for growing in zones 5 through 8. With a compact habit and evergreen foliage, Crete Rhododendron is ideal for adding to a border or foundation planting.

Crete Rhododendron Care

The Crete Rhododendron is happiest when grown in partial sun. It thrives when grown in slightly acidic soil that is fertile and well drained. Frequent irrigation is needed during the first year to encourage a good root system to develop. From then on, it prefers evenly moist, but not saturated or boggy soil. Applying an ericaceous fertilizer in the spring will help encourage more blooms and support plant health. 

Pruning is not generally required. Nevertheless, if necessary, you can tidy up stray growth immediately after flowering. To help conserve moisture loss, apply an annual mulch around the base of the shrub.

Crete Rhododendron Spacing

Over time, the Crete Rhododendron can grow to 2 to 3 feet tall and wide. A plant spacing of 2 to 3 feet is about right when growing it as part of a group for a mass of color come May.

Crete Rhododendron Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 - 8
Plant Type: Bushes
Light Exposure: Full Shade to Partial Sun
Mature Height: 2 - 3 Feet
Mature Spread: 2 - 3 Feet
Spacing: 2 - 3 Feet
Habit: Upright
Flower Color(s): Pink, White
Flower Description:
Bloom Period: Early May
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description:
Seasonal Interest: Spring Flowering
Watering: Average
Resists: Deer, Rabbit
Tolerates: Drought
Attracts: Butterflies
Container Role:
Uses: Borders, Containers, Edging, Mass Planting
Features: Attracts Pollinators, Deadheading Not Necessary, Low Maintenance
Brand:
Common Name: Crete Rhododendron
Other Name(s):
Scientific Name: Rhododendron yak. Crete
SKU:
1231000298-pc

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
 Volume:
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:
   Quart

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
 Volume:
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
 Volume:
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
 Volume:
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
 Volume:
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
 Volume:
   2.32-2.76 gallons


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The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location


Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.