Nova Zembla Rhododendron


Nova Zembla Rhododendron has one of the most vibrant red blooms found on any rhododendron in late spring. A hybrid of our native Rhododendron catawbiense, it is considered very hardy. It is one of the red colors of rhododendron that does well in Zone 6. Nova Zembla Rhododendron is an evergreen shrub that is a show-stopper in the spring—providing an excellent pollen source for various bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies.

  • Scientific Name: Rhododendron ‘Nova Zembla’
  • USDA Zone: 5 – 9
  • Average Height: 4′ – 6′
  • Average Width: 4′ – 6′
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Part Sun

Nova Zembla Rhododendron Planting/Care Instructions

Before planting, have your soil tested to see what amendments are needed. Click this link to check your frost dates: Frost Dates. Check the light preferences for your plant and choose your location accordingly.

When you receive your Nova Zembla Rhododendron, soak the root ball in water for 20 minutes upon arrival before planting or potting. Gently break up the root ball. This will help the roots of your Nova Zembla Rhododendron to grow out into the soil. Dig a hole slightly larger than the root ball of your plant. Fill in the hole tightly with soil to avoid any air pockets. Add a bit of slow-release fertilizer to help new plants to grow quickly. Add the recommended amount per fertilizer instructions. Be sure to water your Nova Zembla Rhododendron until it is established. In addition, pull weeds out when they appear. They take nutrients from the soil.

Additionally, certain plants may need staking. Whenever they become too heavy to stand on their own, add bamboo or fiberglass stakes for the plants to lean against or tie up for support.
Prune plants as needed to encourage growth. Always sterilize your pruners when pruning plants to prevent the spread of diseases. If you have trouble keeping up with your pruners, check out our locally hand-made leather pruner holster here.

Lastly, enjoy your Nova Zembla Rhododendron and your time in the garden!

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Please Note: We currently do not ship plants to Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah or Washington. These states have strict shipping regulations against pests from other states. Extended transit time is also a factor in this decision. We are sorry for the inconvenience. Many factors influence which plants will thrive in a given location. Heat, cold, and elevation are just a few that can have a big impact.
Plants may have been recently potted up and have not completely rooted in. Please grow them in the pots one full growing season before planting in the ground.

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