Common Name: Vulcan rhododendron
Origin/Ecology: garden origin
Habit: Compact medium-sized shrub.
Leaves: Long, narrow leaves.
Leaf Arrangement: alternate
Flowers and Fruit: Dome-shaped trusses of bright blood-red flowers 6 cm wide in late spring.
Water Use, Soil: Moist but well-drained soil.
Exposure: Part shade.
Landscape Uses: Borders, massing, specimen, informal gardens.
Limitations: Powdery mildews, leaf spot, lime induced chlorosis.
Other Features: Deadheading leads to more blooms. Heat tolerant. Bud scales have hair-like things at base, tall buds. slight indumentum, can be rubbed off. Rusty tomentum at first. Red stems and petioles.