Golden Crown Rhododendron Rhododendron 'Goldkrone'

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


Rhododendron 'Goldkrone' is noted for its stunning flowers and lush foliage. The flowers of this variety are showy and large, boasting a vibrant yellow hue with delicate speckles or blotches that are usually a deeper color, often reddish-brown, adding depth and contrast to the petals. They are typically arranged in prominent clusters known as trusses, creating a very attractive display during the blooming period. The leaves of 'Goldkrone' are dark green, glossy, and leathery in texture, which provides a beautiful backdrop to the bright flowers. These evergreen leaves maintain their color and presence throughout the year, contributing to the plant's visual appeal across seasons. The overall shape of 'Goldkrone' is a dense, well-branched shrub with a neat and tidy habit, making it a popular choice for garden landscapes.

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Goldkrone Rhododendron

    • Common names

      Rhododendron 'Goldkrone'

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      5 feet (1.52 meters)

    • Spread

      6 feet (1.83 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Value: Rhododendron 'Goldkrone' has showy, vibrant yellow flowers that enhance the aesthetic of gardens and landscapes.
    • Attracts Pollinators: The blooms attract bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects that aid in pollination.
    • Shade Tolerance: This plant is capable of growing in shaded areas where many other plants cannot thrive.
    • Drought Resistance: Once established, it can endure periods of dryness with less frequent watering compared to some other garden plants.
    • Evergreen Foliage: As an evergreen, it retains its leaves throughout the year, providing consistent greenery.
    • Seasonal Interest: Offers year-round interest with its evergreen leaves and seasonal blooms that usually appear in late spring.

  • 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

    • Artistic inspiration: Rhododendron 'Goldkrone' is often used by artists and photographers for its vibrant blooms which can add a dramatic splash of color in paintings, photographs, and other visual art forms.
    • Educational use: Botanical gardens and educational institutions might grow Rhododendron 'Goldkrone' for study purposes, to teach students about plant cultivation, hybridization, or to discuss biodiversity and plant taxonomy.
    • Privacy screens: With their dense foliage, these plants are commonly used in landscaping to provide privacy screens in residential gardens or public spaces.
    • Erosion control: Because of their extensive root systems, Rhododendrons can be effective in stabilizing soil on slopes and preventing erosion.
    • Cultural symbols: In certain cultures, Rhododendrons may hold symbolic meaning and are used in ceremonies or celebrations, often symbolizing beauty, caution, or passage of time.
    • Supporting wildlife: These plants provide a habitat and food source for various species of insects, birds, and other wildlife, contributing to ecological balance.
    • Perfumery: Though not directly extracted, the fragrance of Rhododendron flowers might inspire scents used in perfumes and scented products, influencing the olfactory components in the formulation of these products.
    • Wedding decor: The ornate flowers of the Rhododendron 'Goldkrone' are sometimes used in wedding bouquets or arrangements due to their impressive and colorful appearance.
    • Culinary decoration: While not edible, the flowers can be used as non-toxic decorative elements on cakes or dining tables during special events for an added touch of elegance and color.
    • Photography projects: Rhododendrons, with their lush blooms, are sought after by photographers for macro photography experiments or to add a natural aesthetic in portrait backgrounds.

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, in general, are known to be toxic to both humans and animals when ingested, symbolizing caution and the need to beware of potential dangers.
    • Warning: The toxicity of the plant also gives it a symbolic meaning of warning, indicating that not all is as it seems and to proceed with care.
    • Abundance: The 'Goldkrone' variety, with its lush, abundant flowers, can represent abundance and wealth, symbolizing prosperity and success.
    • Beauty and Elegance: With its stunning, showy blooms, the Rhododendron 'Goldkrone' symbolizes beauty, elegance, and aesthetic appeal.
    • Survival: Rhododendrons are hardy plants capable of thriving in challenging conditions, symbolizing endurance, perseverance, and the spirit of survival.
    • Delicate Passion: Although strong in their hardiness, the delicate nature of the blooms can represent a cautious passion—intense yet controlled emotions.

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

    Goldflame Rhododendrons require consistent moisture and should be watered thoroughly once a week, especially during dry periods. It's important to avoid letting the soil dry out completely but also to not overwater, as this can lead to root rot. Each watering session should aim to moisten the soil to a depth of about 10 inches. Depending on the weather conditions and soil drainage, this might necessitate about 1 to 1.5 gallons of water per plant. During the heat of summer, the frequency might need to increase to twice a week.

  • sunLight

    The Goldflame Rhododendron thrives in partial shade, where it can receive filtered sunlight or a few hours of direct morning sun followed by shade in the afternoon. It's best to avoid harsh, direct afternoon sunlight, as it can scorch the foliage. The ideal spot would be under a canopy of tall trees that provide dappled sunlight or on the north or east side of a building.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Goldflame Rhododendrons perform best in temperate climates, ideally with temperatures ranging from 50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. They can withstand minimum winter temperatures down to about -5 degrees Fahrenheit. In summer, they should be protected from temperatures exceeding 80 degrees Fahrenheit as excessive heat can be stressful to the plant.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune the Goldflame Rhododendron shortly after it finishes blooming to shape the plant or to remove dead or diseased branches. Selective pruning encourages bushier growth and better air circulation within the plant. Annual or biennial pruning is often sufficient. The best time for pruning is late spring or early summer, just after the flowering period.

  • broomCleaning

    Not needed

  • bambooSoil

    The Rhododendron 'Goldkrone' requires acidic soil with a pH of 4.5 to 5.5. A suitable soil mix for this plant would consist of equal parts peat moss, compost, and pine bark for aeration and drainage. Regularly check the soil pH to ensure it remains within the optimal range for the plant's health.

  • plantRepotting

    Rhododendrons, including 'Goldkrone', should be repotted every 2 to 3 years. It is best to repot the plant in spring before new growth starts, ensuring that a fresh, acidic soil mix is used to refresh the plant's environment.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Rhododendrons, such as the 'Goldkrone', prefer moderate to high humidity levels. Providing a humidity level of 50-60% is generally ideal for this type of plant to thrive.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light, keep soil moist, not wet.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in partial shade, shelter from strong winds.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The Rhododendron 'Goldkrone', commonly known as Gold Crown Rhododendron, begins its life cycle from seed, although cultivation is typically done through cuttings for genetic consistency. Once planted, it enters a vegetative state, establishing a root system and producing shoots and leaves. As it matures, waxy, dark green leaves grow, setting the stage for the blooming period in spring, where vibrant yellow flowers emerge. Following pollination, which is often aided by insects, the plant produces seed capsules. In the absence of disturbances, the Gold Crown Rhododendron can live for many years, going through annual cycles of dormancy in the winter and regrowth in the warmer months. The plant reaches maturity within a few years, at which point it will have developed a full, bushy appearance and will continue to bloom annually.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • The Rhododendron 'Goldkrone', commonly known as the Golden Crown Rhododendron, is typically propagated by semi-hardwood cuttings. This popular method is best done in the late summer, after new growth has partially matured and firmed up, usually around July to early September. To propagate by cuttings, a healthy piece of stem about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) long is selected. The cuttings should have several sets of leaves, and the lower sets should be removed to expose a length of stem. This exposed stem is then dipped in rooting hormone to encourage root development and planted in a mixture of peat and perlite or a similarly well-draining medium. The cutting should be kept under high humidity and indirect light until roots have developed, which generally takes several weeks to a few months.