While a beautiful plant to look at, some types of rhododendrons, if not properly cared for, are incredibly invasive and harmful to native species, as they grow over other plants, block out light and spread rapidly across areas.
The other negative to a rhododendron is the disease carrying ability it has, which is fatal to some of our native trees.
How to spot
- Rhododendron ponticum is a variety of rhododendron to be aware of and can be identified by the below:
- The plant is shrubby looking, with dark leaves that are glossy.
- Flowers appear in spring in a variety of colours, each at a cluster and often higher up the plant.
- Will grow up to eight metres tall if the space allows it.