rho·​do·​den·​dron | \ ˌrō-də-ˈden-drən How to pronounce rhododendron (audio) \

Definition of rhododendron

: any of a genus (Rhododendron) of widely cultivated shrubs and trees of the heath family with alternate leaves and showy flowers especially : one with leathery evergreen leaves as distinguished from a deciduous azalea

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Apparently, coffee is a great source of nitrogen, and plants that enjoy more acidic soil can benefit from certain levels of nitrogen, like blueberries, azaleas, and rhododendrons. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Gardening Experts Says You Should Actually Be Watering Your Plants With Coffee," 23 July 2019 The warning comes after the U.S. Agriculture Department detected Phytophthora ramorum in rhododendron plants at a Dickson County store. USA TODAY, "Saving whales, Manson murder house: News from around our 50 states," 17 July 2019 The garden features rhododendrons, roses, canna, hostas, shade plants and varieties of shrubs, topiaries and trees. cleveland.com, "Clint Williams leaves a legacy of “grand” genuineness: Olmsted Dates and Data," 8 Sep. 2019 Crawfish Valley spread out below him, dense stands of poplars, oaks, white pines, and rhododendron thickets, the nearest overgrown service road miles away. Evan Allen, BostonGlobe.com, "The twisted, fatal journey of the accused Appalachian Trail killer," 25 May 2019 In this case, the pathogen was found in late May on rhododendron and lilac plants at some large chain retailers in Illinois. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "Sudden oak death pathogen found in Illinois, but don’t panic yet," 8 July 2019 Plant permanent landscape favorites, including cherries, crabapples, dogwoods, lilacs, rhododendrons, and roses. Thad Orr, Sunset, "Your Essential Gardening To-Do List for April," 22 Jan. 2018 Same thing with a pretty green plant with curly spikes of white that’s behind the rhododendron. Beverly Beckham, BostonGlobe.com, "Out back, a honeysuckle by any other name," 11 July 2019 Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina Why go now: Reader Liz Martin recommends a spring visit to western North Carolina, when rhododendrons blanket the slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Kelly Barrett, National Geographic, "Flower power: 10 of the world's best destinations for blooms," 7 July 2019

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First Known Use of rhododendron

1657, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rhododendron

New Latin, from Latin, oleander, from Greek, from rhod- + dendron tree — more at dendr-

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English Language Learners Definition of rhododendron

: an evergreen bush that has large, bright flowers and that is often grown in gardens


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Kids Definition of rhododendron

: a shrub with leathery evergreen leaves and showy clusters of flowers

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