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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Owners and museum volunteers will answer questions about the history and setting of Steiner cabins, which are nestled among rhododendrons and ferns, and shaded by towering old trees.
Nary a blade of Kentucky bluegrass, nor an azalea, nor a rhododendron grows here.
Avid gardeners in their 70s, the Halls turned an acre of weeds outside their back door into a stunning forest garden, brimming with azaleas, rhododendrons, hydrangeas and other shade-loving shrubs.
The park, which is crisscrossed with beautiful ravines and creeks, is home to hundreds of animal and plant species, including Ohio’s last remaining populations of native rhododendron.
In spring, rhododendron and flame azaleas are among the 1,500 kinds of flowering plants found here.
Plants for a Zen Garden: Heavenly bamboo (Nandina); Real bamboo (consider clumping bamboo, which will not run); Conifers; Japanese maples; Mosses; Sedums; Other ground covers; Azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons.
The garden is meandering and hushed, except for the distant sound of a waterfall luring you downhill, and the seasonal fireworks of cardiocrinum, species rhododendron, hydrangea and peony bloom.
The sanctuary, filled with native rhododendrons (not the garden variety) is one of the state's eight National Natural Landmarks and is set in Connecticut's largest state forest.
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RHODODENDRON Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of rhododendron for English Language Learners
: an evergreen bush that has large, bright flowers and that is often grown in gardens
RHODODENDRON Defined for Kids
Definition of rhododendron for Students
: a shrub with leathery evergreen leaves and showy clusters of flowers
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