Nova Zembla Rhododendron
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Nova Zembla Rhododendron

Nova Zembla Rhododendron

Gallon Size:
Gallon Size:
  • Young, affordable starter plant
  • May need to be transplanted into 3 gallon pot for more nurturing before planting into landscape
  • Healthy, mature plant
  • Ready to immediately be planted into landscape
  • Large healthy plant
  • Ready to immediately be planted into landscape

Rhododendron x 'Nova Zembla' (H-1)


Nova Zemble Rhododendron is a dense-growing, small evergreen shrub valued for its large trusses of showy red flowers. Thrives in cooler regions but some protection from winter wind is helpful. Very effective in foundation plantings or as an accent. May be planted as a single accent or grouped in islands around the edges of sparsely canopied trees. Ideal for separating driveways or front yards. Plant where it gets enough sun to backlight the flowers, which will make the gorgeous color 'pop'.

Joseph's Take

Joseph's Take

I most prefer to plant Rhododendron informally at the edge of a forest where they will get a little morning sun and a lot of afternoon shade. I love to mix the varieties of rhododendron and shade loving azaleas. Azaleas grow to be a little smaller and bloom a little earlier. Therefore I can enjoy watching plants bloom all spring from my kitchen window. I picked some great companions as suggestions at the bottom of this page.

As in with all Rhododendron, make sure to plant in a shady area, plant high, and use soil conditioner as a medium when planting as they prefer well drained soil. This planting technique is especially important if you have clay soil.

Hardiness Map
Mature Height: 5'
Mature Width: 5'
Flower Season: Late spring
Sun: Full Shade
Hardiness Zone: 4 to 8
This plant is suitable for the low temperates below:
Temp (F)
Temp (C)
-30 to -20
-34.4 to -28.9
-20 to -10
-28.9 to -23.3
-10 to 0
-23.3 to -17.8
0 to 10
-17.8 to -12.2
10 to 20
-12.2 to -6.7

Be sure to use a well drained soil medium when planting any Rhododendron as they prefer fall planting with less watering than you might think. In NC our soil is clay so we prefer to use pine bark soil conditioner when planting Camellia, Rhododendron, Mountain Laurel, and Azalea.