Rhododendron is the genus and common name for a diverse and large group of small trees and woody shrubs in the flowering Ericaceae family.
There are over 1000 rhododendrons native to Australia, North America, Asia, and Europe. The trees can be evergreen or deciduous. The spiraling leaves can vary widely, from 1 to 2 cm (0.4 to 0.8 inches) to 100 cm (39 inches), depending on the species.
The color of the Rhododendron flowers can be purple, pink, red, orange, white, pastel, or golden. Most species of rhododendrons produce fragrant blooms.
Rhododendrons usually have attractive flowers. In fact, the name rhododendron comes from the Greek word “rhodos“, which means rose, and from “Dendron“, which means tree.
In combination with the fact that they are often evergreen, they are often grown as accent plants, around house foundations or in woodland gardens, or even as exhibition plants.