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Rhododendron molle - (Blume.)G.Don.
                 
Common Name Chinese Azalea
Family Ericaceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards The plant is very toxic[147]. The pollen of many if not all species of rhododendrons is also probably toxic, being said to cause intoxication when eaten in large quantities[183].
Habitats Grows amongst coarse grasses and shrubs, also in thin pine woods[11].
Range E. Asia - China.
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Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade

Summary

Rhododendron molle Chinese Azalea


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Rhododendron molle Chinese Azalea
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Physical Characteristics
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Rhododendron molle is a deciduous Shrub growing to 2.5 m (8ft 2in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in flower in May. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms
R. sinense. Azalea mollis. A. sinensis flavescens.

Habitats
Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;
Edible Uses
None known
Medicinal Uses


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Anaesthetic;  Analgesic;  Sedative.

The flowers are analgesic, anaesthetic and sedative[218]. They are applied externally in the treatment of arthritis, caries, itch, maggots and traumatic injuries[218]. The root is used in the treatment of arthritis, rheumatism and traumatic injuries[218].
Other Uses
Insecticide.

The powdered flowers have a mild insecticidal effect[57].
Cultivation details
Succeeds in a most humus-rich lime-free soils except those of a dry arid nature or those that are heavy or clayey[1]. Prefers a peaty or well-drained sandy loam[1]. Succeeds in sun or shade, though it prefers a shady position[1]. A pH between 4.5 and 5.5 is ideal[1]. Succeeds in a woodland though, because of its surface-rooting habit[200], it does not compete well with surface-rooting trees[1]. Plants need to be kept well weeded, they dislike other plants growing over or into their root system, in particular they grow badly with ground cover plants, herbaceous plants and heathers[200]. Plants form a root ball and are very tolerant of being transplanted, even when quite large, so long as the root ball is kept intact[200]. A very ornamental plant[1], it is the parent of many cultivars[11]. Plants in this genus are notably susceptible to honey fungus[200].
Propagation
Seed - best sown in a greenhouse as soon as it is ripe in the autumn and given artificial light. Alternatively sow the seed in a lightly shaded part of the warm greenhouse in late winter or in a cold greenhouse in April. Surface-sow the seed and do not allow the compost to become dry[200]. Pot up the seedlings when they are large enough to handle and grow on in a greenhouse for at least the first winter. Layering in late July. Takes 15 - 24 months[78]. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, August in a frame. Difficult[78].
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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Elizabeth H.
Emma Oates Sun Jun 15 19:02:20 2003
We have a chinese Azalea,...it was doing fine,it flowerd etc..but now we have began to notice the edges of the leafs turing brown??? ,it is located in a shady posoition and has sun light during the evenings?,we dont know whats making the Azalea's leafs turn brown?? any sugestions very welcome,.Emma
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