Rhododendron is State Flower of Washington
There are over 900 species of rhododendrons and azaleas come from the same genus.
This Rhododendron macrophyllum is also commonly called the Coast, Pacific or even the Big Leaf Rhododendron all of which are descriptively accurate since the leaves are large and this type of evergreen rhododendron is found along the Pacific Coast of the United States on up to Canada.
It is this particular rhododendron...the Rhododendron macrophyllum that is the State Flower of Washington and it typically blooms in the late Springtime of year.
Rhododendrons in Golden Gate Park
We were captivated by the beauty of rhododendrons in full bloom in Golden Gate Park one Spring. Golden Gate Park is located in San Francisco, California and is a wonderful place in which to spend hours or even days.
My hubby and I have spent some time in that glorious city park on two different vacations starting and ending in San Francisco prior to our return trip to Houston.
If San Francisco was on our radar for a future vacation, I would enjoy spending even more time in that distinctive and beautiful park.
Rhododendrons in bloom in Golden Gate Park
Rhododendron macrophyllum range map
Rhododendrons in Gardens
The Rhododendron garden was magnificent and those bushes literally towered over us! They grandly stood and displayed their gorgeous blossoms under the canopy of some neighboring pine trees. I am not sure what specific type of rhododendrons those happened to be.
They were probably labeled, but that was long before I ever thought of writing articles on the web.
My husband and I stood in awe of their display of beauty when we were out there on vacation one year.
We love our azalea bushes when they are in bloom and thought that these larger rhododendron shrubs looked to us like azaleas on steroids!
Like azaleas, most rhododendrons typically have shallow roots, like acidic soil and enjoy some dappled shade for ideal growing conditions.
You can see by the range map presented here to the right that their ideal growing climate is the far northwestern edges of our country including northern California, Oregon, parts of Washington and they even stray as far north as in bits of southern British Columbia, Canada.
If we had the right climate and growing conditions here in Houston, I would surely wish to add these beauties to our garden when first planning a landscape design.
At least we have their cousins...the azaleas to make us happy!
Are you familiar with rhododendrons?
Keeping Rhododendrons in Shape
Here is more information about this flowering shrub if you are interested.
If you wish to know how to keep rhododendrons properly groomed, the video below explains it quite nicely.
Obviously if you grow them in your garden you would wish for them to be compact and tidy in appearance. If you have numerous plants it would take some effort but dedicated gardeners usually love tending their plants.
Are you a dedicated gardener?
Do you go out of your way to visit beautiful and/or distinctive gardens?
Rhododendrons in the Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park
To see the beautiful Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park located in Great River, New York on Long Island, you will certainly enjoy the video below. I would love to visit there someday when the rhododendrons are in bloom.
When traveling I always enjoy visiting gardens to see the various types of plants grown in that region of the country. Some specialize in certain types of plants and others are diverse in what is planted and grown there.
Sometimes we have made discoveries by seeing signs along the road. We got to see the Alfred B. Maclay State Gardens in Tallahassee, Florida because of that fact.
At other times when first planning a trip a certain garden was on the itinerary. Such was the case when visiting Bellingrath Gardens in Alabama.