Rhododendron Rhododendron 'Silver Jubilee'

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


The Rhododendron 'Silver Jubilee' is a stunningly beautiful plant well known for its attractive features. It showcases a remarkable display of flowers which can range from pale pink buds that open to reveal creamy white blooms, often with a subtle pink blush. These blossoms are typically trumpet-shaped, and they cluster together to form a striking and dense floral display. The flowers are complemented by dark green leaves, which provide a luscious background and enhance the visual appeal of the blooms. The foliage of the 'Silver Jubilee' is evergreen, meaning it retains its color and vibrancy throughout the year. The leaves are broad, glossy, and leathery to the touch, often with a somewhat elongated shape and a smooth texture. They can create an elegant and lush canopy, which adds to the overall fullness of the plant's appearance. Seasonally, the 'Silver Jubilee' Rhododendron may also attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies, which come to visit the flowers for their nectar. The plant, when in bloom, not only becomes a visual centerpiece but serves an important role in the local ecosystem, supporting wildlife. Overall, the Rhododendron 'Silver Jubilee' is a captivating plant, cherished for its delightful floral display and rich green foliage, that can bring an enchanting touch to any garden or landscape without consideration of its size.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Silver Jubilee Rhododendron

    • Common names

      Rhododendron 'Silver Jubilee'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Rhododendron, which includes 'Silver Jubilee', is known to be toxic to humans if ingested. All parts of the plant contain substances known as grayanotoxins. The severity of the poisoning can vary based on the amount consumed. Symptoms of rhododendron poisoning can include vomiting, diarrhea, hypersalivation, weakness, loss of appetite, paralysis, and in severe cases, it can lead to coma or death due to cardiovascular collapse.

    • To pets

      Rhododendron is also toxic to pets, including dogs, cats, and horses. Similar to humans, all parts of the plant contain grayanotoxins. Symptoms of poisoning in pets may include drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, excessive drinking and urination, weakness, leg paralysis, and very serious cases can lead to coma or death from cardiovascular collapse. Pet owners should seek immediate veterinary attention if they suspect their animal has ingested any part of a rhododendron.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      5 feet (1.5 meters)

    • Spread

      5 feet (1.5 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Value: Rhododendrons, including 'Silver Jubilee', are widely appreciated for their showy flowers that come in a variety of colors, adding aesthetic appeal to gardens.
    • Landscape Design Versatility: It can be used in a variety of landscape designs, such as in shrub borders, as an accent plant, or as part of woodland gardens.
    • Attracts Pollinators: The flowers attract bees and butterflies, which are important for pollination in the garden.
    • Shade Tolerance: 'Silver Jubilee' can tolerate partial shade, making it suitable for planting under taller trees or in shadowy garden spots.
    • Evergreen Foliage: As an evergreen, it provides year-round interest and structure in the garden, even when not in bloom.
    • Seasonal Interest: It has a specific blooming season that provides a burst of color, often in the spring, which can be a focal point in the garden landscape.
    • Privacy and Screening: When planted in groups, Rhododendrons can provide privacy and screen unsightly views with their dense foliage.
    • Erosion Control: The root system can help stabilize slopes and areas prone to erosion.
    • Low Maintenance: Once established, they generally require minimal care, making them suitable for gardeners of all skill levels.
    • Diversity of Cultivars: With many cultivars like 'Silver Jubilee', gardeners can choose from plants with different sizes, flower colors, and growth habits to suit their needs.

  • 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 'Silver Jubilee' can be used as a natural dye source; the flowers may yield pink to purple colors that can be used in fabric dyeing.
    • The wood of Rhododendron is dense and can be used for small carving projects or for creating durable wooden utensils or handles.
    • Due to its dense foliage, Rhododendron 'Silver Jubilee' can be incorporated into noise reduction strategies in landscaping by planting dense hedges along roads or noisy areas.
    • The leaves of the Rhododendron can be used for creating eco-friendly leaf molds, which are used to improve soil structure and fertility in gardens.
    • Sometimes in floral art, Rhododendron 'Silver Jubilee' can provide a long-lasting and structural element for large arrangements due to its sturdy branches and attractive foliage.
    • Rhododendrons can be featured in bonsai art, with masters creating miniature landscapes that simulate the appearance of age-old trees.
    • The plant can be used as a privacy screen in gardens, blocking unwanted views and creating a sense of seclusion due to its thick foliage.
    • In photography, Rhododendron 'Silver Jubilee' acts as an excellent subject for macro photography, showcasing the intricate details of its blooms and leaves.
    • The plant's large size and attractive leaves make it suitable for use as a natural backdrop in outdoor portrait photography.
    • Rhododendron hedges can serve as a windbreak in coastal gardens, reducing wind speed and protecting other plants from harsh coastal conditions.

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 or Caution: Rhododendron leaves and flowers are known to contain toxic substances which can be harmful if ingested. Therefore, the plant is often associated with caution or beware.
    • Elegance and Wealth: 'Silver Jubilee', with its silver-infused blooms and association with a jubilee celebration, suggests elegance, wealth, and sophistication.
    • Survival: Rhododendrons are resilient plants that can thrive in challenging environments, symbolizing the ability to overcome obstacles and endure tough conditions.

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

    The Rhododendron, commonly known as Azalea in its various forms, should be watered thoroughly, ensuring the soil is evenly moist. During the growing season in spring and summer, water the Azalea with about 1 inch of water per week, ideally in the morning to allow any excess moisture on the leaves to evaporate during the day. Adjust the frequency to account for rainfall and check the soil's moisture level before watering to avoid over-watering. Reduce watering in the fall and water sparingly in the winter, providing just enough moisture to prevent the soil from drying out completely.

  • sunLight

    Azaleas, including the Rhododendron 'Silver Jubilee', thrive in conditions with dappled sunlight or partial shade. The ideal spot for an Azalea is one that is shielded from the harsh afternoon sun, receiving filtered light through overhead foliage or in a location that gets morning sun and afternoon shade. Too much direct sunlight can lead to leaf scorch, while too little light can reduce flowering.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Azaleas are best suited to temperate climates and can handle temperatures ranging approximately from 20°F to 80°F. The ideal temperature range for the Rhododendron 'Silver Jubilee' is between 50°F and 70°F. These plants can withstand a brief period of colder weather, but prolonged exposure to temperatures below 20°F can cause damage.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune the Azalea to maintain shape, remove dead or diseased branches, and encourage bushier growth. The best time to prune is immediately after the flowers have faded, but before the new buds have formed for the next season. Cutting back Azaleas every year or two is typically sufficient, allowing the plant time to recover and produce ample blossoms.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Rhododendrons, including 'Silver Jubilee', thrive in well-drained, acidic soil with a pH between 4.5 to 6.0. A good soil mix for these plants is equal parts peat moss, pine bark, and perlite, which ensures proper drainage and aeration while retaining adequate moisture.

  • plantRepotting

    Rhododendrons like 'Silver Jubilee' typically need repotting every 2 to 3 years. They prefer a period of stable growth before being disturbed again, so it's best to repot when they outgrow their current container or when the soil is depleted.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Rhododendrons, including 'Silver Jubilee', prefer moderate to high humidity, with ideal levels ranging from 40% to 60%. They enjoy environments that mimic their native habitats, with morning mist and dappled sunlight.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Provide bright, indirect light and keep the soil moist.

    • Outdoor

      Partial shade or dappled sunlight, sheltered from wind.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life of the Rhododendron 'Silver Jubilee', commonly known as simply Rhododendron, begins with seed germination, occurring in warm, moist soil conditions, after which the seedlings grow into juvenile plants. As they mature, the evergreen shrubs develop a robust root system and foliage, entering a vegetative growth phase that prepares them for flowering. Annually, typically in spring, the Rhododendron displays its characteristic blooms, which vary in color from pale lilac to pink, attracting pollinators for sexual reproduction. After pollination, the flowers develop into seed capsules that eventually dry and release seeds, continuing the propagation cycle. Rhododendrons can live for many years, during which they may undergo periods of dormancy in colder climates, ceasing growth in winter and resuming in spring. Over time, these shrubs may also be propagated vegetatively through cuttings, allowing for the cloning of specific cultivars like the 'Silver Jubilee'.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Early spring

    • Propogation: The Rhododendron 'Silver Jubilee', also commonly known as Rhododendron, is typically propagated through semi-hardwood cuttings. The most popular method of propagation involves taking the cuttings during the summer months, when new growth has matured slightly and the stems are not too tender or too woody. Cuttings should be about 4 to 6 inches (about 10 to 15 centimeters) in length and should include several leaves. It's essential to make a clean cut just below a node where the hormone concentration is highest, which increases the chances of successful rooting. The cut end is often dipped in rooting hormone powder to encourage root growth, and then the cutting is planted in a mixture of peat and perlite to provide adequate aeration and moisture retention. The cuttings need to be kept in a warm, humid environment until roots have developed, typically taking several weeks to a few months. Proper care should include regular misting to maintain humidity and avoid letting the cuttings dry out.