What Are Rhododendron Leaves?


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Rhododendron leaves are evergreen or deciduous foliage of a genus of plants called the rhododendron. Most are dark green with a shiny upper surface and a dull underside.

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What Are Rhododendron Leaves?
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Rhododendron is a genus of shrub containing around 800 different species. The plants produce flowers that bloom from spring to early summer. All parts of the plant are toxic, though the leaves are the most poisonous. Consuming the plant can cause stomach problems, hemorrhages and abnormal heart beats.

Rhododendrons thrive in areas with cool summers. They should be planted in the spring or fall. They need acidic soil to thrive and may develop a disease known as chlorosis if the soil isn't suitable for the plant. Chlorosis causes the leaves to turn yellow around the green veins.

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