rho·do·den·dron | \ˌrō-də-ˈden-drən \

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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Why not head out to one that, although renowned for its collection of species and hybrid rhododendrons, might be new to you. Homes & Gardens Of The Northwest Staff, OregonLive.com, "Visit the Smith Garden's blooming rhodies and azaleas (photos)," 30 Mar. 2018 More than 2 acres of gardens include vast swathes of shade-loving plants like hostas and trilliums and a liberal sprinkling of flowering woody shrubs like lilacs and rhododendrons. Patricia Harris And David Lyon, BostonGlobe.com, "Goin’ up the country: The rustic appeal of Maine’s Route 26," 21 June 2018 There were pianos in the rhododendrons, pianos in the conifers and pianos in the redwoods. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "SF’s Flower Piano: Harmonies among the hydrangeas," 5 July 2018 A half-hour drive from the city, Butchart Gardens lives up to its international reputation with a stunning display of color, from rioting rhododendrons to waves of tulips in reds, pink, yellows and purples. Alex Pulaski, latimes.com, "Seeking a short cruise that's a bargain to boot? Check out repositioning trips, available as lines shift their ships to other ports," 20 June 2018 Fiery orange azaleas shout out among the domineering rhododendrons. Michael J. Bailey, BostonGlobe.com, "Rhododendron rhapsody on Roan Mountain," 9 May 2018 Seasonal color is delivered by rhododendrons and dogwood blossoms. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "See four private estates during the Dunthorpe Garden Tour (photos)," 9 May 2018 The SkyBridge at Skypark AJ Hackett Sochi overlooks the Black Sea coastline and forests filled with jasmine and rhododendron. Jamie Moore, USA TODAY, "The world’s 10 most amazing suspension bridges," 26 Apr. 2018 Display of hundreds of rhododendrons at the Florence Events Center. Corey Sheldon, OregonLive.com, "HG calendar May 19-27: tour private gardens from Portland to Corvallis," 18 May 2018

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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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