Asked by: Dacia Larreategi
asked in category: General Last Updated: 26th January, 2020

Do rhododendrons lose leaves winter?

All Rhododendrons are evergreen which means that they will hold leaves all winter long. Most Azaleas on the other hand (under the same Genus of Rhododendron) will lose their leaves at the end of the season.

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Accordingly, do rhododendron lose their leaves?

Normal: While we think of rhododendrons as evergreen, they do drop leaves just as conifers periodically shed needles. Some rhododendrons hold their leaves for a season, dropping the older leaves in spring, fall or both seasons. Other varieties can hold their leaves for three or even four seasons.

Subsequently, question is, how do you overwinter a rhododendron? Winterizing Your Rhododendrons

  1. Step 1 - Keep the Plant Well Watered. Entering into their dormancy period, the rhododendron plants should be kept moist.
  2. Step 2 - Cover Your Plant. If your plant is younger, or going through one of its first winters, you may have to cover your plant.
  3. Step 3 - Mulch the Base.

Hereof, why did my rhododendron die over the winter?

If they are placed too deep in the ground, the soil that covers the roots serves to smother them. I have found that planting too deep will basically stop the plant from growing. Eventually this leads to the death of the plant. Another reason that rhododendrons die is from cold winter temperatures.

Why are my rhododendron leaves falling off?

Depending on the time of year, the rolling and wilting of your rhododendron leaves could be caused by cold temperatures or a disease called rhododendron wilt. During the winter, rhododendron leaves often droop and curl in response to cold temperatures. It's their way of protecting themselves from dehydration.

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