The Botanical Name of Rhododendrons

Like azaleas, rhododendrons are classified as part of the genus Rhododendron, and belong to the Ericaceae or heath family. In order to thrive, most plants in this family must be planted in a well-drained location with acidic soil.

Keywords: rhododendron shrubs, Rhododendron genus, Ericaceae family

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