Rhododendron ‘Albert Schweitzer’

Family: Ericaceae

Rhododendron ‘Albert Schweitzer’ is a robust Rhododendron hybrid that was bred by the Dutch breeder, A. P. van Nes, prior to 1960.  This is a naturally upright plant, an evergreen shrub, with large, dark green leaves.  Rhododendron ‘Albert Schweitzer’ is a great choice of plant to use to create hedging or screening, it’s also an ideal plant to provide something of a shelter belt.  Plants are reliably hardy, strong, and resilient.

Rhododendron ‘Albert Schweitzer’ flowers in May, producing these large, open centred soft pink flowers, which are popular with bees and other insects.  I am particularly fond of the attractive, dark maroon coloured freckled markings that every Rhododendron ‘Albert Schweitzer’ flowers display.

Rhododendron ‘Albert Schweitzer’ grows to around 2.5m (8.2ft) tall.  Plants will eventually cover an area about 1.5-2m (5-6.5ft) wide, depending of course on your plant’s soil and its particular growing conditions.

Plant Rhododendron ‘Albert Schweitzer’ in moist, acid soils, of pH 4.5-6.  Alternatively, grow Rhododendron ‘Albert Schweitzer’ in a very large planter, using a good quality, peat free, ericaceous compost.  Plants flourish in dappled shade.

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