Shrub

Rhododendron maximum Independence

Independence Rosebay Rhododendron

'Independence' is a more refined selection that takes on a rounded form, less open that the straight species. Dome-like buds at the top of each branch flower up to up to 6 weeks later than other large leaf Rhodies. In June massive globes of clear pink flowers open looking spectacular into the second week of July. 'Independence' is perfect for shady areas as a large, showy specimen or grouped in wooded areas.

  • Big evergreen form offers great cover for wildlife
  • Huge flower trusses in early summer
  • Thrives in shady, woody areas
  • Great for sprawling border areas
  • Perfect nesting spot for many songbirds

Rosebay Rhododendron is a spectacular native to shaded, hillier spots in our area and differs from the large leaf Rhododendron that we are used to by its size, habit and time of bloom. 'Independence' is a more refined selection that takes on a big, rounded form with long, strap-like leaves and is slightly less open that the straight species. Its massive form is topped by big, dome-like buds at the top of each branch that open up to 6 weeks later than other large leaf Rhodies in late June forming massive globes of clear pink flowers that stay open and spectacular into the second week of July. 'Independence' is perfect for shady areas as a large specimen or grouped in wooded areas to form a massive, showy presence. 'Independence' is a big plant so give it space and know that native insects and landscape critters will thank you because they'll love this plant as much as you.

Border or Bed
Border or Bed
No Deadheading
No Deadheading
Native
Native
Low Maintenance
Low Maintenance
Evergreen
Evergreen
Partial Sun
Partial Sun
Full Shade
Full Shade
Moist, Well-Drained
Moist, Well-Drained
Average Water
Average Water

Characteristics and Attributes