Rhododendron Rhododendron 'Razorbill'

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


Rhododendron 'Razorbill' is a visually striking plant characterized by its lush, evergreen foliage and showy blooms. The leaves are typically dark green, glossy, and leathery in texture, lending a rich backdrop to the flowers that emerge during its blooming season. These blossoms are the true highlight of the 'Razorbill'; they are often arranged in dense clusters and can come in a range of colors, although this specific variety might be known for a particular hue or shades. The flowers exhibit a bell-shaped or trumpet-like form, with delicate petals that are sometimes spotted or marked with contrasting colors, adding depth and interest to the overall appearance. This plant has a dense growth habit, creating a rounded and bushy appearance that makes it a favorite in ornamental gardens. The flowers contrast beautifully against the evergreen leaves, making Rhododendron 'Razorbill' a focal point wherever it is planted. Its visual appeal is not limited to the blooming period since the foliage remains attractive throughout the year, providing a continuous display of greenery.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Razorbill Rhododendron, Razorbill Azalea

    • Common names

      Rhododendron 'Razorbill'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Rhododendrons, including the Rhododendron 'Razorbill', contain toxic compounds that can be harmful to humans if ingested. All parts of the plant are poisonous, particularly the leaves and nectar. When eaten, they can cause symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, weakness, and coma due to a group of toxic compounds known as grayanotoxins. Severe cases of poisoning can lead to cardiac failure and potentially death if not treated promptly.

    • To pets

      Rhododendrons, including the Rhododendron 'Razorbill', are also toxic to pets. Ingesting any part of the plant can lead to symptoms of poisoning in animals, such as vomiting, diarrhea, hypersalivation, weakness, and cardiac abnormalities. In severe cases, ingesting rhododendron can result in coma or death. All pets that consume any part of a rhododendron should be taken to a veterinarian immediately.

  • 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 Appeal: Rhododendron 'Razorbill' is admired for its showy, vibrant flowers that can add a splash of color to gardens and landscapes.
    • Hardiness: This plant is known for its hardiness and can thrive in a variety of climates, making it suitable for many gardeners in different regions.
    • Ease of Care: It generally requires minimal maintenance, making it an excellent choice for both novice and experienced gardeners.
    • Attracts Wildlife: The blooms of the Rhododendron attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies, which are beneficial for the garden ecosystem.
    • Year-Round Interest: The evergreen leaves provide color and structure in the garden even when the plant is not in bloom.
    • Versatility: Can be used in landscape design in a variety of ways, including as a specimen plant, in borders, or as part of a shrubbery display.

  • 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

    • Photography subject: The Rhododendron's striking flowers can be used by photographers as a natural subject to practice macro photography skills or for botanical-themed art projects.
    • Educational tool: Botany teachers can use the plant to educate students about flower anatomy, pollination mechanisms, or acid-soil loving plants.
    • Habitat support: The dense foliage of Rhododendrons can provide cover and nesting sites for various bird species, aiding in local biodiversity.
    • Natural dye: Petals of some Rhododendron varieties may be used to create natural dyes for fabrics or artisanal crafts, though the 'Razorbill' would need testing for colorfastness.
    • Garden design: Using Rhododendrons as a structural plant can help in creating visually appealing garden designs that mark changes in seasons with their blooming patterns.
    • Inspiration for artists: The vibrant colors and lush appearance can serve as inspiration for artists creating paintings, illustrations, and floral designs.
    • Sound barrier: Due to its dense growth, Rhododendron hedges can act as sound barriers in gardens near noisy areas.
    • Literary symbolism: Authors and poets might use the Rhododendron as a symbol in their work to represent various themes such as beauty, survival, or danger (due to some species being toxic).
    • Cultural ceremonies: In some cultures, Rhododendrons have symbolic meanings and can be used in ceremonies or given as gifts during special occasions.
    • Climate indicator: The blooming period of Rhododendron can serve as a phenological indicator helping to track climate change effects in certain regions.

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

    • Warning: Rhododendrons are often associated with caution due to their toxic properties, reminding individuals to be wary of potential dangers.
    • Beauty: Known for their stunning flowers, rhododendrons symbolize beauty and attractiveness.
    • Abundance: With their lush, full blooms, rhododendrons can signify abundance and wealth.
    • Passion: The vibrant colors of the Rhododendron flowers are said to represent passion and energy in life.
    • Homecoming: In some cultures, rhododendrons are a symbol of returning home or being at home, often planted in gardens for this sentiment.
    • Endurance: As a plant that can survive in challenging conditions, the rhododendron stands for strength and resilience.

Every 7-10 days
500 - 2500 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Rhododendrons like 'Razorbill' should be watered deeply about once a week during the growing season, and less frequently during the dormant season. Provide sufficient water to moisten the soil to a depth of around 10 inches. It's important to avoid overwatering which can lead to root rot. A general rule is to provide approximately one gallon of water per square yard each week, adjusting for rainfall and temperature extremes. Do not allow the soil to dry out completely, as consistent moisture is key to the health of the rhododendron.

  • sunLight

    Rhododendrons, including the variety 'Razorbill', thrive in dappled shade or partial sunlight. A spot that receives filtered sunlight under tall trees is ideal. They should be protected from intense afternoon sun, which can scorch their leaves. North or east-facing spots that provide morning light and afternoon shade are often perfect for rhododendrons.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Rhododendrons are comfortable in a broad temperature range but tend to prefer cooler conditions. They can tolerate temperatures as low as 20°F and as high as 80°F, but ideal growth occurs between 50°F and 70°F. Extended exposure to temperatures outside this range, especially heat, can stress the plant.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune rhododendrons like 'Razorbill' immediately after blooming to maintain shape and size. Deadheading spent flowers can encourage further blooming and prevent seed formation, which can drain the plant's energy. Pruning once a year is generally sufficient, focusing on removing dead or injured wood and thinning dense growth to promote air circulation.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Rhododendrons, including 'Razorbill', thrive best in well-drained, acidic soil with a pH of around 4.5 to 6.0. A mixture of 50% peat moss or coco coir, 30% pine bark, and 20% perlite or coarse sand provides aeration and drainage while maintaining the acidity they prefer.

  • plantRepotting

    Rhododendrons like the 'Razorbill' generally require repotting every 2 to 3 years or when they become root-bound. It's ideal to repot in early spring before new growth starts to allow the plant to establish in the new soil.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Rhododendrons, such as 'Razorbill', prefer moderate humidity levels around 40-60%. They will benefit from a pebble tray with water or occasional misting to maintain these humidity conditions without affecting watering.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place near a bright window, avoid direct sun, and ensure good air circulation.

    • Outdoor

      Choose a partly shaded spot, shelter from strong winds, and mulch well.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Rhododendron 'Razorbill', commonly known as Razorbill Rhododendron, starts its life cycle with seed germination, which occurs in a moist and well-draining soil environment, usually in spring or early summer. Once the seedling emerges, it enters a vegetative phase, characterized by the growth of leaves and stems; this stage can last several years as the plant develops a robust root system and foliage. As the rhododendron matures, it enters the flowering phase, typically in late spring, producing showy flowers that attract pollinators and may continue to bloom annually with proper care. After pollination, the flowers develop into seed capsules, which upon maturity release seeds, thus completing the reproductive cycle. The plant then continues to grow and undergo maintenance phases, including periods of dormancy in colder months where growth slows or stops and the plant conserves energy. With each cycle, the rhododendron can increase in size and produce more flowers, with a lifespan that can extend many years, particularly if it is well-maintained and free from disease and pests.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • The most popular method of propagating Rhododendron 'Razorbill', commonly known as Rhododendron, is through semi-hardwood cuttings. This is done during the late summer after the blooms have faded and the new growth has begun to mature and harden slightly. Cuttings about 4 to 6 inches long are taken from healthy, disease-free plants. The lower leaves are stripped, and the cut end is dipped in rooting hormone to encourage root development. The cuttings are then placed in a well-draining potting mix and kept in a humid environment with indirect light. It may take several months for roots to form, during which the cuttings should be kept moist but not waterlogged. Once rooted, the new plants can be gradually acclimatized to less humid conditions and eventually transplanted outdoors.