Rhododendron Rhododendron 'Canzonetta' (Ea/d)

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
rhododendron 'Canzonetta'


The Rhododendron 'Canzonetta' is a visually appealing plant known for its lush, evergreen foliage and vibrant flowers. The leaves are typically dark green, glossy, and have a leathery texture, which makes them quite attractive throughout the year, regardless of the flowering season. They provide a beautiful, dense backdrop for the stunning blossoms. The flowers of the Rhododendron 'Canzonetta' are its most captivating feature. They usually bloom in clusters, known as trusses, each displaying numerous bell-shaped blooms. The petals can range from pale to deeper pink and are often spotted with flecks of color, which add to their ornamental quality. These blossoms emit a delightful fragrance that can be a real treat when in full bloom. Overall, the Rhododendron 'Canzonetta' is cherished for the color and life it brings to gardens with its glossy foliage and the abundance of flowers that emerge, creating a delightful display that is both eye-catching and aromatic.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Canzonetta Azalea, Dwarf Rhododendron, Evergreen Azalea

    • Common names

      Rhododendron 'Canzonetta'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Rhododendron 'Canzonetta', commonly known as azalea, is toxic to humans. All parts of the azalea plant contain substances known as grayanotoxins, which can lead to poisoning if ingested. Symptoms of azalea poisoning can include nausea, vomiting, weakness, dizziness, difficulty breathing, and lowered blood pressure. Severe cases may lead to a drop in blood pressure, coma, and in extreme cases, death. It is important to seek medical attention if azalea ingestion is suspected.

    • To pets

      Azaleas are also toxic to pets. Like in humans, all parts of the azalea plant contain grayanotoxins. If a pet ingests azalea, symptoms of toxicity can include oral irritation, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, weakness, cardiac failure, and potentially coma or death in severe cases. It's critical to contact a veterinarian immediately if you suspect your pet has ingested any part of an azalea plant.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      2 feet (61 cm)

    • Spread

      3 feet (91 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Value: Rhododendron 'Canzonetta' is a compact shrub with beautiful, pinkish-purple flowers that enhance garden aesthetics.
    • Seasonal Interest: This rhododendron blooms in the spring, providing seasonal color and interest in the landscape.
    • Attracts Wildlife: The flowers attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies, supporting local ecosystems.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, Rhododendron 'Canzonetta' has moderate drought tolerance, reducing the need for frequent watering.
    • Ease of Care: It is relatively easy to care for when planted in well-drained soil and the right conditions, making it suitable for gardeners of all skill levels.
    • Compact Size: The plant's smaller size makes it a good choice for gardens with limited space or for use in containers.
    • Cold Hardy: This variety is capable of withstanding colder temperatures, making it suitable for a range of climates.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Rhododendrons can be used to create natural hedges or privacy screens in a garden due to their dense foliage.
    • The wood of some rhododendron species is very hard and can be used for making small items such as handles for tools and crafted objects.
    • While typically not a primary choice for bonsai, the rhododendron's attractive flowers and sometimes gnarled trunks can make for striking miniature landscapes in the hands of skilled enthusiasts.
    • Dye can be extracted from the flowers of some rhododendron species, though this is not a common practice.
    • Rhododendron leaves can be used to create a botanical print, where their shapes and textures are transferred to fabric or paper.
    • Bees make a type of honey from rhododendron flowers, but it is important to note that this honey can be toxic due to grayanotoxins in the plant.
    • Some artists use the unique patterns of rhododendron wood as inlays in musical instruments or decorative boxes.
    • Rhododendron petals can be used to garnish salads or desserts, but care must be taken to ensure they are from non-toxic species, as many rhododendrons contain harmful substances.
    • In some cultures, rhododendron flowers are used in religious ceremonies and offerings due to their symbolic meanings.
    • As an educational tool, rhododendrons can help people learn about botany and ecology since they are good examples of plant adaptation to various environments.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Rhododendron is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Rhododendron is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Beware - Rhododendrons, including the 'Canzonetta' variety, can contain toxic substances and have historically been used to symbolize caution or danger.
    • Abrupt Danger - Due to their toxicity, they can symbolize a warning to be wary of unforeseen threats.
    • Warning - Similarly, they can be a sign to pay attention to warning signs and to tread carefully in uncertain situations.
    • Beauty and Fragility - With their showy blooms, Rhododendrons are often associated with the idea of delicate beauty, reinforcing the concept that something beautiful can also be harmful.

Every 1-2 weeks
500 - 2500 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Rhododendrons require even moisture and well-drained soil to thrive. The 'Canzonetta' Rhododendron should be watered deeply once a week during its growing season, ensuring that the soil is moist but not saturated. Depending on weather conditions, this may translate to about 1 inch of water weekly, slightly more during periods of drought or less if there has been sufficient rainfall. Over the winter months, reduce the frequency of watering to prevent root rot, giving the plant about a gallon every couple of weeks or when the soil feels dry to the touch. Always avoid letting the plant sit in waterlogged soil, as this can lead to fungal diseases and poor health for the plant.

  • sunLight

    The 'Canzonetta' Rhododendron prefers dappled sunlight or partial shade. It is best situated in a spot where it can receive morning sun and afternoon shade to protect it from the harsh midday sun which can scorch the leaves. An ideal location might be under the high, open branches of a tree which allows filtered sunlight to reach the plant throughout the day. Too much shade can lead to sparse flowering, while too much direct sunlight can damage the foliage.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Rhododendrons like the 'Canzonetta' do well in moderate climates and can generally tolerate temperatures as low as 10°F and as high as 90°F. However, the ideal temperature range for this plant is between 50°F and 70°F. It is important to protect them from harsh winter winds and extreme cold snaps by providing shelter or winter protection if temperatures regularly fall below the minimum threshold.

  • scissorsPruning

    The 'Canzonetta' Rhododendron should be pruned for shaping, size control, and removal of dead or diseased parts. Pruning should occur soon after flowering as the new buds for the next season will form shortly thereafter. Moderate pruning can stimulate growth and improve blooms for the following year. Pruning too late in the season, however, can risk removing these buds and therefore reduce the floral display.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Rhododendrons require well-draining, acidic soil with a pH between 4.5 and 6.0. For Rhododendron 'Canzonetta' a mix of 50% peat moss or ericaceous compost, 30% pine bark, and 20% perlite or coarse sand is ideal. This mix ensures proper drainage and maintains acidity.

  • plantRepotting

    Rhododendron 'Canzonetta' should be repotted every 2 to 3 years. It's best to repot in the early spring, just before new growth starts. Use a slightly larger pot each time to allow for root growth.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Rhododendron 'Canzonetta' prefers high humidity levels, ideally between 60% and 80%. Maintain consistent humidity without making the foliage wet to discourage fungal diseases.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Keep in bright, indirect light, with high humidity and acidic soil.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in partial shade, in well-draining, acidic soil, sheltered from wind.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life of a Rhododendron 'Canzonetta', commonly called Azalea, begins with seed germination, where warmth, moisture, and light conditions trigger the emergence of a tiny seedling. This seedling then develops into a juvenile plant, growing roots, stems and the first set of true leaves, essential for photosynthesis. As it matures, the Azalea enters the vegetative stage, during which it focuses on growth, expanding both its root system and foliage, and may form a woody structure as it becomes an adult plant. Following the vegetative phase, the Azalea reaches reproductive maturity, which involves the blooming of colorful and often fragrant flowers, attracting pollinators and allowing for sexual reproduction. Successful pollination results in the formation of seeds, encased in seed pods that, when mature, open to disperse seeds, thus completing the life cycle. Throughout its life, the Azalea may undergo periods of dormancy, especially in cold climates, conserving energy for the next growing season.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Propogation: For the Rhododendron 'Canzonetta', also commonly referred to as just Rhododendron, the most popular method of propagation is through semi-hardwood cuttings. This is typically done during the late summer months. To propagate, one would take a 4 to 6-inch cutting from a healthy, non-flowering stem. The leaves on the lower half of the cutting are removed, and the cut end is dipped in a rooting hormone to encourage root development. The cutting should then be planted in a well-draining potting mix, ensuring that the soil retains moisture without becoming waterlogged. Covering the cutting with a plastic bag or placing it in a propagation chamber can maintain high humidity, which is crucial for successful rooting. Within a few weeks to months, the cuttings should root, after which they can be gradually accustomed to external conditions before being transplanted to their final location.