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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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