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Southgate® Grace™ Rhododendron
Grace produces abundant clusters of deep pink buds followed by large ruffled white blooms. The large blooms appear as the spring temperatures warm. More details below!

Southgate® Grace™ Rhododendron

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Southgate® Grace™ Rhododendron
Rhododendron Southgate® Grace 'Elizabeth Ard'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-9b Find Your Zone >

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 6a, where this Rhododendron is not winter hardy outdoors, you can enjoy growing it in containers that can be moved indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

The exciting heat tolerant Southgate® Grace Rhododendron thrives in the Deep South as well as other traditional Rhododendron areas. In addition to being a very sturdy and hardy shrub that can tolerate the extremes of the South. Grace produces abundant clusters of deep pink buds followed by large ruffled white blooms. The large blooms appear as the spring temperatures warm. Very lustrous medium to dark green leaves are another feature of this amazing shrub that fits perfectly in to any woodland garden or any other area of the landscape that gets dappled to part shade. The Southgate® Rhododendron are very disease, fungus and insect tolerant...no wonder they're becoming a staple addition to the Southern Garden.

The Southgate® Rhododendrons were bred in southern Louisiana to thrive in the heat and humidity of Deep South, as well as other traditional Rhododendron areas. We've trialed them for several years now in our central Georgia gardens and they've outperformed all other rhododendron we've attempted (unsuccessfully) to grow. In addition to their heat and humidity tolerance, the Southgates are also very disease resistant and insect tolerant.



Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing 4 to 5 feet tall and 4 to 6 wide, the Southgate® Grace Rhododendron is a perfect choice for groupings, mass plantings, low hedges or an accent in partially shaded landscape borders and woodland gardens. We wouldn't usually recommend a Rhododendron for home foundation plantings but have no problem doing so with the super-hardy Southgates! They do especially well on fertile embankments, hillsides and slopes. Can also be grown in large pots, planters and other containers with a diameter of 18 inches or more. 

Spacing:  4' for solid hedges;  8' or more for space between plants




Cultural Preferences

When it comes to success growing Rhododendrons, a little good advice goes a long way. When planted right and in the right spot, Rhododendrons are very easy to grow and care for. 

Rhododendrons thrive in a moist but well-drained acidic soil that is rich in organic matter and part shade; preferable morning sun with afternoon shade or heavily filtered sun. All day dappled shade is fine as well. Keep in mind that whether growing in the ground or in containers, constantly soggy or wet soil is problematic for Rhododnedrons, and most other plants for that matter. Some soils, such as heavy clay, quick-draining sand, or otherwise poor soils, might need to be amended to provide sufficient nutrients, better soil drainage, and/or moisture retention. In containers, select a pot with a drainage hole(s) and use a 50/50 blend of professional potting mix and potting soil. Avoid using any native soil in pots. Feed Rhododendrons after they bloom with an acid-loving formula such as an Azalea, Camellia & Rhododendron Food



Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to get helpful advice from our experts on how to plant and care for Rhododendrons.






Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-9b Find Your Zone >
Plant Type: Evergreen Flowering Shrub
Height at Maturity: 4-6'
Width at Maturity: 4-5'
Spacing: 3' for solid hedges; 6'+ for space between plants
Flower Color: Deep Pink Buds with White Flowers
Flower Size: Medium, 2-3"
Flowering Period: Spring
Flower Type: Single, in clusters
Fragrant Flowers: No
Foliage Color: Dark Green
Fragrant Foliage: No
Berries: No
Berry Color: NA
Sun Needs: Shade or Mostly Shade, Dappled Shade, Morning Sun with Afternoon Shade, All Day Filtered Sun
Water Needs: Average
Soil Type: Clay (amended), Loam, Sand (amended), Silt
Soil Moisture / Drainage: Well Drained Moist
Soil pH: 5.0 - 6.0 (Acid)
Maintenance / Care: Low
Attracts: Visual Attention, Birds, Butterflies
Resistances: Heat, Humidity, Insect, Shade



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