Rhododendron Rhododendron 'Crete'

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


The Rhododendron 'Crete' is distinguished by its vibrant and showy flowers. The blossoms exhibit a deep pink hue that can add a pop of color to any garden. Each flower is composed of several petals that are arranged in a funnel-like shape, often with a slightly ruffled edge that gives them a delicate appearance. The plant blooms prolifically, which can create a dense and eye-catching floral display. The greenery of Rhododendron 'Crete' consists of glossy, dark green leaves that provide a lush backdrop to the bright flowers. These leaves are typically oval or lance-shaped and may have a leathery texture. The foliage is evergreen, meaning it retains its color and remains on the plant throughout different seasons, contributing to the plant's constant ornamental appeal. Together, the striking flowers and robust foliage of Rhododendron 'Crete' make it a favored choice for gardeners looking to introduce a touch of elegance and vibrant color into their landscape.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Crete Rhododendron, Dwarf Rhododendron, Crete Azalea

    • Common names

      Rhododendron 'Crete'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Rhododendron, including the 'Crete' variety, is toxic to humans if ingested. The plant contains grayanotoxins, which can disrupt sodium channels affecting the skeletal and cardiac muscle. Symptoms of rhododendron poisoning may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, hypersalivation, weakness, loss of energy, paralysis, and potentially coma or death in severe cases. Early medical treatment is critical for managing symptoms effectively.

    • To pets

      Rhododendron is also poisonous to pets, such as dogs and cats. Ingesting even a small amount of this plant can lead to poisoning. Symptoms in pets can include drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, incoordination, and, in severe cases, seizures, coma, or death. Immediate veterinary care is essential if a pet has ingested any part of a rhododendron plant.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      3 feet (0.91 meters)

    • Spread

      3 feet (0.91 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Value: Rhododendron 'Crete' is prized for its vibrant flower clusters, which enhance garden aesthetics.
    • Wildlife Attraction: The blossoms attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies, supporting biodiversity.
    • Shade Tolerance: This variety can thrive in partial shade, providing flexibility in garden design.
    • Evergreen Foliage: As an evergreen shrub, it maintains its foliage year-round, offering constant garden interest.
    • Erosion Control: Its root system helps stabilize soil on slopes, reducing erosion.
    • Easy Maintenance: Rhododendron 'Crete' requires minimal pruning and upkeep once established.
    • Tolerance to Cold: It is relatively hardy and can withstand cooler temperatures, suitable for various climates.
    • Seasonal Interest: It provides a burst of color in the spring, marking the change of seasons.
    • Versatility: The plant can be used in mass plantings, as a specimen plant, or incorporated into mixed borders.
    • Privacy Screen: When planted in groups, it can create a natural privacy screen or windbreak.

  • 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

    • Rhododendron 'Crete' can be used in bonsai culture, with enthusiasts prizing its beautiful flowers and ability to be trained into miniature tree forms.
    • The wood of Rhododendron 'Crete' can be used for carving small decorative items, taking advantage of its fine grain and workability.
    • The petals of Rhododendron 'Crete' have been used in the past for making natural dyes for fabrics, yielding a range of colors from yellows to pinks.
    • Dried Rhododendron 'Crete' flowers can be used in potpourri mixes, lending a floral scent to the mix while also adding aesthetic appeal.
    • The thick foliage of Rhododendron 'Crete' can provide a natural shelter for small wildlife in the garden, like beneficial insects and small birds.
    • In art, the intricate shapes of Rhododendron 'Crete' flowers and leaves can provide inspiration for patterns in textile design and artwork.
    • Rhododendron 'Crete' can be incorporated into landscape design as a natural barrier or hedge, which can be both decorative and functional for privacy.
    • Floral designers sometimes use the long-lasting blooms of Rhododendron 'Crete' in live flower arrangements, enhancing their creations with its vibrant colors.
    • In photography, Rhododendron 'Crete' serves as a popular subject due to its lush foliage and vivid flowers, offering a striking natural contrast in images.
    • During festive seasons, branches of Rhododendron 'Crete' with flowers can be used to create unique and natural holiday decorations for indoor displays.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Rhododendron is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Beauty and Elegance: Rhododendrons are known for their attractive flowers and overall aesthetic appeal, which can symbolize beauty and elegance in various cultures.
    • Beware: In some contexts, the Rhododendron represents caution due to the toxicity of its leaves and nectar, which can be a warning sign.
    • Abundance: With its full, lush blooms, the Rhododendron can symbolize abundance and wealth.
    • Survival: Rhododendrons are hardy plants capable of surviving in challenging environments, which can make them a symbol of endurance and perseverance.
    • Temperance: The Rhododendron's ability to thrive in various conditions can also stand for temperance and moderation in life.

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

    The Rhododendron 'Crete', commonly known as the Evergreen Azalea, requires consistently moist soil, so it's essential to water it thoroughly whenever the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. This typically translates to about 1 inch of water per week, but frequency can vary depending on climate, weather conditions, and soil type. During the growing season in spring and early summer, you may need to water twice a week, whereas in cooler months, less frequent watering is needed. It's crucial to avoid waterlogging as the Evergreen Azalea is sensitive to overwatering. Provide water slowly and evenly to the base of the plant, using roughly 1 gallon of water per session to ensure deep soil penetration, which encourages root growth.

  • sunLight

    The Evergreen Azalea thrives in partial shade with some dappled sunlight, making it an ideal plant for a spot that receives morning sun and afternoon shade. This type of light condition allows the plant to flourish without the risk of burning its leaves. Too much direct sun, especially in hot climates, can damage the leaves and flowers, whereas too little light can result in poor blooming. The ideal location offers protection from harsh afternoon sun, particularly in warmer months.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The Evergreen Azalea prefers moderate temperatures and can generally tolerate a range between 50 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. It is hardy in USDA zones 4 through 8, which means it can withstand minimum winter temperatures of around -30 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit. However, the ideal growing conditions for the Evergreen Azalea are in temperatures that do not frequently drop below freezing or soar above 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Protect the plant from harsh winter winds and extreme heat to maintain its health and vitality.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune the Evergreen Azalea immediately after blooming to maintain its shape and promote bushier growth. Pruning later in the season can remove the next year's buds, thus reducing flowering. Cut back any leggy stems, spent flower clusters, and dead or damaged wood. Thin out dense areas to allow light and air circulation within the plant, which helps prevent disease. Pruning is typically done once a year, as the Evergreen Azalea's natural shape is often desirable without heavy trimming.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for Azalea 'Crete' should be well-draining, humus-rich, and maintain a pH of 4.5 to 6.0. A mixture of peat moss, pine bark, and perlite or coarse sand in equal parts is ideal to provide the acidity and aeration that azaleas prefer. Regular testing and amending the soil to maintain the right pH are essential for the health of the plant.

  • plantRepotting

    Azaleas, including the 'Crete' variety, should be repotted every 2 to 3 years, preferably in the spring. The root system should be checked for circling roots and pruned if necessary before planting in fresh acidic soil mix to encourage healthy growth.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Azalea 'Crete' thrives best in an environment with high humidity levels, ideally around 50 to 60%. To maintain optimal humidity, consider grouping plants together or using a humidity tray with pebbles and water underneath the pot.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light and maintain high humidity.

    • Outdoor

      Provide partial shade, shelter from wind, and keep soil moist.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life of the Rhododendron 'Crete', commonly known as Rhododendron, begins with germination, where the seed planted in well-drained, acidic soil with partial shade will sprout. As the seedling emerges, it enters a period of vegetative growth, developing leaves and a root system; this stage may last for several years as it matures into an established shrub. The Rhododendron 'Crete' will then enter the flowering stage, typically in spring, where it produces vibrant blooms that last for several weeks. After pollination, often by insects attracted to the flowers, the plant will produce seed pods, which mature and eventually release seeds to begin a new generation. Throughout its life, the Rhododendron 'Crete' may experience several cycles of vegetative growth and flowering, depending on environmental conditions and care. It is perennial, living for many years, with some species known to live for several decades under optimal conditions.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Propogation: Rhododendron 'Crete', commonly known as Rhododendron, is most successfully propagated through semi-hardwood cuttings taken during the late summer. To do this, cuttings of about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) long should be snipped from new growth that has started to harden off. Leaves on the lower half of the cutting are removed, and the cut end is dipped in a rooting hormone to facilitate root development. The cuttings are then placed in a well-drained potting mix and maintained under high humidity and indirect light. It usually takes several weeks to a few months for the cuttings to root adequately, after which they can gradually acclimate to less humid conditions and eventually planted out.