Sinofalconeri Rhododendron Rhododendron sinofalconeri

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


The Rhododendron, commonly known for its vibrant flowers and rich foliage, presents a visually striking appearance. This variety would display a lush greenery with broad, leathery leaves that often have a glossy surface, emphasizing their rich, green color. The leaves could be ovate to lance-shaped with edges that might be smooth or slightly wavy. When it blossoms, it showcases flowers that cluster at the tips of the branches. The blooms could range in color from a soft, pastel shade to a bold, deep hue depending on the specific cultivar. The flowers generally have a bell-shaped appearance, with petals fusing at the base to create a tube-like structure that flares open into a wide, open mouth. The blooms are often patterned with freckles or spots on the inside, which add to their ornamental charm. These floral clusters are quite a spectacle and are commonly visited by an array of pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. The overall impression the Rhododendron gives is one of robust vitality and colorful opulence, making it a popular choice for gardeners and landscapers alike.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Sino-Falconeri Rhododendron, Falconer's Rhododendron

    • Common names

      Rhododendron sinofalconeri

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Rhododendron, which Rhododendron sinofalconeri falls under, can be highly toxic to humans if any parts of the plant are ingested. The plant contains toxins known as grayanotoxins, which can interfere with sodium channels affecting the skeletal and cardiac muscle, as well as nerve function. Symptoms of rhododendron poisoning may include vomiting, diarrhea, hypersalivation, weakness, coma, hypotension, CNS depression, cardiovascular collapse, and potentially death if consumed in large enough quantities.

    • To pets

      Rhododendron is also toxic to pets, including dogs and cats, as they contain grayanotoxins. The symptoms of rhododendron poisoning in pets are similar to those seen in humans, which can include vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, weakness, seizures, and cardiac failure. The severity of the symptoms depends on the amount of plant material ingested and the size of the pet. In severe cases, ingestion can be fatal, so it is imperative to seek veterinary attention immediately if a pet has consumed any part of a rhododendron plant.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      15 feet [4.57 meters]

    • Spread

      15 feet [4.57 meters]

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Value: Rhododendron sinofalconeri, commonly known as the Falconer's Rhododendron, has large, attractive blooms that add visual appeal to gardens and landscapes.
    • Habitat Support: It provides natural habitat and food sources for pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, contributing to biodiversity.
    • Shade and Shelter: The Falconer's Rhododendron can grow into a large shrub or small tree, providing shade and shelter for smaller plants and animals.
    • Cultural Significance: Rhododendrons have symbolic meanings in various cultures and may be used in celebratory occasions or as national symbols.
    • Soil Erosion Control: With its extensive root system, the plant helps to stabilize soil and prevent erosion on slopes and banks.

  • 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

    • Propagation Material: Rhododendron sinofalconeri can be used as a source of seeds or cuttings for propagating new plants, which can then be used for breeding programs or to preserve genetic diversity.
    • Photographic Subject: Owing to its distinctive appearance, especially when in bloom, photographers may seek out this species for botanical photographs and nature portfolios.
    • Landscape Design: Due to its large size and attractive flowers, this plant can serve as a focal point in landscape designs and botanical gardens.
    • Education and Research: Botanical gardens and universities may grow Rhododendron sinofalconeri to study its horticultural needs or to educate students and visitors about diverse plant species.
    • Erosion Control: The rhododendron can be effective in stabilizing soil and preventing erosion on slopes due to its root system when planted as part of reforestation or land rehabilitation efforts.
    • Habitat Creation: This species can be used in wildlife gardens to create habitats and provide shelter for birds and small mammals, thanks to its dense foliage.
    • Bee Forage: When in flower, the nectar and pollen of the Rhododendron sinofalconeri can be an important source of forage for bees and other pollinators in the area.
    • Artistic Inspiration: The striking flowers of this rhododendron can serve as inspiration for artists and designers, leading to its depiction in paintings, textiles, and decorative arts.
    • Cultural and Religious Significance: In its native range or where culturally significant, this species might be incorporated into rituals or gardens that reflect local traditions and beliefs.
    • Dye Production: Although not commonly known for this, some rhododendrons can yield dyes from their flowers or leaves; the Rhododendron sinofalconeri may offer similar potential for natural dye production.

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 Rhododendron sinofalconeri, contain toxic substances and have historically symbolized caution or danger, urging people to be wary.
    • Elegance and Wealth: With its lush blooms and grand presence, this plant is often associated with elegance and is thought to reflect prosperity and sophistication.
    • Survival: This plant's ability to grow in challenging mountainous terrain can symbolize the strength and endurance necessary to survive and prosper despite hardships.
    • Abundance: The abundant flowers of the rhododendron symbolize a period of prosperity and an abundance of beauty or resources.
    • Passion: The vibrancy of the rhododendron's flowers is often linked to passion, whether it be in love, creative endeavors, or life in general.

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

    The Rhododendron, commonly known as the Sino-falconeri Rhododendron, requires consistent moisture but does not tolerate soggy soil. It should be watered deeply once a week, allowing water to permeate several inches into the soil to encourage deep root growth. During hot, dry spells, the frequency may need to increase to twice per week, providing about one gallon of water per session for a mature plant. Overhead watering should be avoided to prevent fungal diseases; instead, water the plant at the base to keep the foliage dry. Always check the top inch of soil for dryness before watering to prevent overwatering.

  • sunLight

    Sino-falconeri Rhododendrons thrive in partial shade with some shelter from harsh midday sun. They prefer a site that receives dappled sunlight or light shade for most of the day. An ideal spot would be under the canopy of tall trees that offer protection from afternoon sun while allowing some morning light or filtered sunlight through their branches.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Sino-falconeri Rhododendrons do best in moderate temperatures and can survive in temperatures ranging from approximately 10°F to 90°F. The ideal temperature range for this plant is between 50°F and 70°F. Prolonged exposure to temperatures at the extremes can stress the plant, so it should be protected from harsh winter winds and intense summer heat.

  • scissorsPruning

    Sino-falconeri Rhododendrons should be pruned to maintain shape, remove dead or diseased wood, and encourage healthy growth. Pruning is best done shortly after the blooming period in the spring, as pruning later in the season can remove next year's buds. It's often enough to prune every couple of years, focusing on thinning the interior branches to improve air circulation and cutting back any overgrown areas.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Rhododendron sinofalconeri, also known simply as rhododendron, flourishes in a well-draining, acidic soil mix with a pH of 4.5 to 6.0. A good soil recipe includes a mix of peat moss, pine bark, and perlite or coarse sand to improve aeration and drainage.

  • plantRepotting

    Rhododendrons, including Rhododendron sinofalconeri, typically need repotting every 2 to 3 years to replace the nutrients in the soil and to address root crowding.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Rhododendron sinofalconeri thrives in moderate to high humidity levels, ideally between 50% and 60%.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light and ensure high humidity.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in dappled shade, keep soil moist, protect from wind.

    • Hardiness zone

      7-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The Rhododendron sinofalconeri, commonly known as Sino-Falcons Rhododendron, begins its life cycle as a seed, usually dispersed by wind or animals. Upon finding suitable soil conditions, the seed germinates, sprouting a small seedling with a basic root system that allows it to absorb water and nutrients. As it grows, the seedling develops into a young plant, forming a sturdy stem and a set of leaves through which it can photosynthesize. The plant reaches maturity over several years, revealing its characteristic flowers that are often large and showy, attracting pollinators for reproduction. After pollination, the flowers produce seeds, completing the plant’s reproductive cycle. Finally, the mature Sino-Falcons Rhododendron may experience a period of senescence, where older parts of the plant die back, but can continue to live and reproduce for many years under the right conditions.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to Early Summer

    • Propogation: Rhododendron sinofalconeri, commonly known as Rhododendron, is often propagated through the method of cuttings, which is considered to be the most popular method for this species. Optimal propagation time for Rhododendrons is typically in the late summer to early fall when the plant's hormones are ideal for root development. To execute this method, one should take a semi-hardwood cutting, which is a piece of stem taken after the spring bloom from new growth that has partially matured. The cutting should be about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) long and include at least two sets of leaves. The bottom set of leaves should be removed, and the cut end dipped in rooting hormone before planting it in a well-draining potting mix. The cutting needs to be kept in high humidity and indirect light until roots develop, which can take several weeks up to a few months. Consistent moisture without waterlogging is critical throughout this rooting period.