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Rhododendron, Rhododendron ponticum


Short description of Rhododendron ponticum, Rhododendron

This evergreen shrub is densely branched growing to 5m. Flowers, borne in racemes of 10-15, are violet to purple. Pollination by insects results in the production of numerous small seeds within a woody capsule.

Description of Rhododendron ponticum, Rhododendron status in GB

Introduced in 1763, this invasive shrub is now widespread on acid soils throughout GB, especially in the west.

Habitat summary: Rhododendron ponticum, Rhododendron

Strictly confined to acid soils, its habitats include moorland, woods, screes, rocky banks, derelict gardens and streamsides. It is no longer extending its broad geographical range, and is being controlled at some sites but is still spreading at many others.

Overview table

Environment: Terrestrial
Species status: Non-Native
Native range: Caucasus, Bulgaria, Spain, Lebanon, Portugal, Turkey
Functional type: Land plant
Status in England: Non-Native
Status in Scotland: Non-Native
Status in Wales: Non-Native
Location of first record: v.c.54
Date of first record: 1894

Distribution map

GB Distribution from BSBI

Author's name:

Mark Hill, Phil Hulme

Last updated:

October 3rd 2019

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