The Q&A Archives: Rhododendron

Question: I have a rhododendron in my side yard. There is a hole right in the middle of the tree near the ground. At first I thought it must be dead or dying, but flowers are still blooming on the remaining few branches. Its definately not a nice looking shrub like Iv'e seen around the neighborhood, but I dont want to take down a plant if there is still life in it. Help!

Answer: I don't really know if the hole is evidence of disease or maybe physical injury from a garden tool or wildlife so I don't know how to guide you. If it is blooming, it must still be alive. I'd wait until it has finished blooming and then prune it back a little to promote healthy new growth. You may be surprised at how well it fills out. If it looks attractive, you may want to keep it. Hope so!

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