The Q&A Archives: Brown rhododendrons

Question: I have two white rhododendrons in my front yard (left by the previous homeowner). They get full sun all day but over the winter & in late summer (when it's very hot) the leaves turn brown and the plant looks dead. Should I trim away dead foliage? How can I help it grow more healthy? Are they getting too much sun in this location? If so, can they be transplanted? Thanks!

Answer: Although there are a few rhododenrons that don't mind full sunshine, most will grow best in a little morning sun and shade from the hot afternoon sun. I would move them - spring or fall are good times for digging and transplanting shrubs. You can prune away the dead foliage either before or after the move. Good luck with your rhodies!

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