Enjoy a walk through the Pinewoods...
The name, Rhododendron, comes from the Greek meaning 'Rose
Tree'. They naturally grow in an amazing range of climates from the
frozen north of Canada and Siberia, to the tropics of Papua New
Guinea and Borneo.
There are thought to be over 1000 different species which
includes azaleas. Rhododendrons vary in size from tiny shrubs
30cm in height to trees 30m in height with a fantastic array of
leaf shapes and flower colour. Here at Ness, you will find
Rhododendrons in flower from December through to June.
Most of the tropical species grow in the canopies of trees as
epiphytes (they anchor themselves to a branch and
then get their nutrients and water from the rain and damp
forest air) and make beautiful house plants. Many new species
have been discovered in recent years as areas such as Northern
Vietnam and Indonesia continue to be explored by botanists.
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