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Bubble Gum Rhododendron

Rhododendron ‘Bubble Gum’

Bubble Gum Rhododendron flowers

Bubble Gum Rhododendron flowers

Bubble Gum Rhododendron in bloom

Bubble Gum Rhododendron in bloom

Hardiness Zone: 5a

Single pink blooms, small foliage, and showy red stems set this variety apart; low compact habit is great for low border; flowers appear larger against the small foliage giving a greater visual impact as an accent shrub

Bubble Gum Rhododendron is covered in stunning clusters of lightly-scented pink trumpet-shaped flowers with white throats and brown anthers at the ends of the branches in mid spring. It has dark green foliage. The small narrow leaves remain dark green throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Bubble Gum Rhododendron is a dense 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.

Bubble Gum Rhododendron is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Bubble Gum Rhododendron will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It has a low canopy. 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 particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Bubble Gum Rhododendron makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a ‘thriller’ in the ‘spiller-thriller-filler’ container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag – this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Find Bubble Gum Rhododendron (Rhododendron ‘Bubble Gum’) in Burlington Waterdown Dundas Ontario Ontario ON at Connon Nurseries

Philadelphus Plant

The Philadelphus plant, also known as “mock orange” because their flowers look like oranges and lemon trees, although not related to the citrus family.

Most philadelphus are deciduos, their leaves are opposite on the branch quite simple, with serrated margins measuring up to 14cms long. The white flowers are highly scented especially in the early morning or evening, they have four petals and sepals about 1-4cm wide. Flowering time early summer. It will not have time to start producing flower stems for next growing season.

When the shrub has finished flowering prune them stems back by about 1/3, new stems will grow back to provide next year’s flowers. Start pruning out one in three of all the old stems cutting right back to about 2-3 inches from the ground.

Philadelphus grow well in most well drained but moist soils.
They can grow up 2.5m in height and spread so make sure you have a large enough space to plant it when it reaches its max height and spread. Most are hardy.

INNOCENCE – A deciduous, bushy shrub, with ovate leaves tinged yellow, it has white fragrant cupped shaped flowers 3.5cm wide. Flowers early summer June – July. Likes full sun, partial shade. All well drained but needs moist soils.

BELLE ETOILE – Is a compact medium sized, deciduous shrub. With ovate green leaves and highly scented white flowers to 5cms wide, the flowers are tinged purple in the centre. Flowers early summer June – July. Likes full sun, partial sun. All well drained moist soils.

VIRGINAL– This variety has double white flowers and oval dark green leaves. It’s deciduous and fully hardy, but quite vigorous so give plenty of room for growth. Likes full sun partial shade and most moist well drained soils.

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The Philadelphus plant is famous for having the unique scent of bubblegum and also looks great. We have a selection at the Anlex Garden Centre and can offer help and advice.