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Canada Rosebay/ Rhodora

Scientific name

Rhododendron canadense


Rhodora is a short deciduous shrub species that will grow about 1 m in height. The leaves are alternately arranged, oval shaped, grayish green coloured, have hairy undersides, and have entire margins. The flowers are rose to purple coloured, showy, have long twisting petals and stamens, appear in terminal clusters, and bloom between April and May. The flowers are beneficial to pollinator species, like bees and butterflies.

Planting conditions

Rhodora grows best in normal to wet conditions with full or partial sun exposure. It can also survive in dry conditions but will grow more with watering. It prefers wet, humus or loam soil types. It can tolerate acidic pH levels. This shrub can be naturally found in swamps, bogs, moist forests, wet meadows, and along stream or lake shorelines.


  • Plant height:
    • Max 1.5m
    • Max 2m
    • Max 3m
    • Any
  • Moisture level:
    • Normal
    • Moist
    • Wet
    • Flood Tolerant
  • Light conditions:
    • Full sun
    • Partial sun
  • Soil type:
    • Loamy
    • Humus
  • pH:
    • Acidic
    • Normal
  • Depth:
    • Potted
  • Eco Zone:
    • 4a
    • 4b
    • 5a
    • 5b
    • 6a
  • Plant type:
    • Shrub
  • Height:
    • 1 m
  • Spread:
    • 1.5 m