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Will Murch

The superb flowers of Rhododendron Moser's Maroon are not its only claim to fame.

The superb flowers of Rhododendron Moser's Maroon are not its only claim to fame.

We all know that Rhododendrons are fabulous for their dramatic flower colour but did you know that some have great foliage colour too. Moser's Maroon is a perfect example. The flowers are a memorable shade of rich, slightly translucent ruby in themselves but the new foliage is an attraction in its own right. 

Rhododendron Moser's Maroon looks photinia like when the new foliage comes through!

Rhododendron Moser's Maroon looks photinia like when the new foliage comes through!

This foliage stays the same amazing red all summer and through autumn and into winter. The effect is more pronounced when it is grown in  a sheltered spot in the garden and given a little shade. Light shade is great for all rhododendrons as the flowers last longer out of the harsh glatre of the sun. Try using it to cover ugly features like drainpipes and utility boxes round the house. 

Another great feature of this rhododendron is that it is very late to flower in early June almost through to July especially if kept well watered during the flowering period and given shelter from the drying heat of the sun's rays. This is a great time for a rhododendron to flower as it is just when we all venture out into the garden. 

TIP

Use Moser's Maroon to plant next to manhole covers in the garden. The root system is fine and fibrous and will not enter, block or grow round any underground services. They are so easy to dig up you can even move them for access if you ever need to. 

Will Murch