Rhododendron maximum ‘Independence’

Botanical Name: Rhododendron maximum ‘Independence’

Common Name:
Independence Rosebay Rhododendron

Plant Hardiness: Zone 3

Flower: The large trusses are made up of clear pink flowers with a large yellow flare on the upper petal

Bloom Time: Flowers open in mid to late June and continue into

Foliage: The dark green leaves are long and narrow

Fruit: A dry capsule that is not showy

Habit: Upright rounded habit. It is well branched and therefore fuller than the species

Size: 8 to 12 feet tall with a slightly narrower width

Sun Exposure: Partial sun to full shade

Native Habitat: Eastern United States

Other Features: The stems are very red, especially in the fall



Description: Roger Coggeshall of Cherry Hill Nursery gave me this plant many years ago. He had been growing and selling it as ‘Pink Maximum’ but told me I could name it if I wished. The first time it bloomed here it was still blooming on the fourth of July, so I named it ‘Independence’. We like it very much for its plant habit, (not as vigorous as R. maximum), red stems, dark green leaves and a good overall well branched appearance. The flowers open in late June and are a good size and a clear shade of pink.