Hachmann's Polaris Rhododendron

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Bright pink ombre blooms, the new and improved Hachmann's Polaris Rhododendron (Rhododendron 'Hachmann's Polaris') is a compact, mounding shrub that fits easily into any sized garden design! Featuring densely packed, uniquely fuzzy foliage - something you don't see on Rhododendrons that often - it really takes broad-leaf evergreens up a notch!

A profuse bloomer Hachmann's Polaris produces large clusters of vivid flowers. Blooming from a young age, this Rhododendron continues to put on a show each spring! These frilly pink flowers, with ruffled darker edgings, cover the plant in late mid-season and create a lovely ombre effect!

Emerging from darker burgundy-red buds open into superbly bright-pink, ruffled blooms. Each petal fades to have light pink, almost white throats. These gorgeous blooms are irresistible to local bees and butterflies, plus those funnel-shaped blooms attract Hummingbirds!

Set against amazingly deep, dark-green foliage, the blooms just shine! The glossy leaves have a hint of indumentum (peach fuzz!) on the underside! Young plants are very dense and compact, spreading wide with age. Even when not in bloom, this compact Rhododendron holds those leaves and color all winter!

Planting and Application:

That gloriously dark foliage looks amazing as a backdrop to other shrubs and perennials. Adding mystery and depth to the landscape with a designer's touch! Use Hachmann's Polaris as an opulent hedge, just short enough to define your space instead of overtaking it, yet tall enough to offer privacy year-round! An amazing low-screening plant, you and your neighbors won't mind this living fence!

Those vivid blooms and dark presence really show their stuff when planting Hachmann's Polaris in drifts and en masse. Feeling right at home in the dappled sun at the base of a tree line, in woodland areas with partial shade, and edge-of-the-forest plantings. Flowering privacy screens are worth their weight in gold!

Adding elegance around patios, bumping up the curb appeal as a shady foundation planting, and dramatically flanking entrances and walkways! That tricky shady, moist area on the side of the house or garage will become the highlight of your property with a row of these beauties!

  • Glorious Two-Tone Blooms & Ruffled Bright-Pink Petals
  • Broadleaf Evergreen Foliage With Curiously Fuzzy Leaves!
  • Profuse Spring Bloomer!
  • Butterflies & Hummingbirds!
  • Mounding, Spreading Form With Compact, Dense Growth
  • Great Container Plant, Specimen, Vibrant Accent & Four-Season Color

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Rhododendrons really does their best in part shade, whether that is morning sun with adequate afternoon shade, or continuous dappled sun all day. Requiring cooler, moist soils that are slightly acidic, lime-free soils that are rich in organic matter and have the capacity to retain plenty of moisture in dry weather. These will benefit greatly from a nice layer of mulch. At least 3-4 inches thick, this mulch layer over the root system will keep the roots cool, insulate them from the winter's chill and hold in moisture!

Rhododendrons need well-drained soil and hate "wet feet", so check how fast water drains in your yard by digging a hole and pouring a bucket of water in it. Does it take longer than 10 minutes to drain? If so, you'll need to improve the drainage by creating a mound or raised bed 18 inches tall. Amend the soil with pine needle compost and perlite pellets. Alternatively, consider planting this variety in a large container where you can use fast-draining soil, amended with acidic peat moss or fine pine bark soil conditioner. You'll need to plan to keep this beauty evenly watered.

Winter hardy and heat-tolerant in growing zones 5 through 8, be sure when choosing a planting location to avoid hot, dry areas, openly exposed sites, or low-lying places that are prone to become frost pockets. If pruning would be required, trim only right after the flowers are done in spring. You and your butterflies won't want to miss the spring show!

  • Dappled Sun Borders
  • Easy to Grow in Well-Drained Slightly Acidic Soil
  • Moderate Regular Moisture & Loves Mulched Beds
  • Prune Only Right After Flowering
  • Low Maintenance, Dead-Heading Free

Fuzzy evergreen foliage, and vivid two-tone blooms, this is a truly unique ornamental flowering shrub! Give Nature Hills a call as soon as you see this new improved beauty become available and add some dramatic beauty to your landscape with Hachmann's Polaris Rhododendron today!

Azalea and Rhododendron Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the best place to plant Rhododendrons?

Azaleas and Rhododendrons prefer partial shade (both dappled shade all day or morning sun with afternoon shade). Plant in a slightly acidic, consistently moist, enriched, and well-drained soil location for best results. Their shallow roots dislike soggy soil but thrive with a 3-4 inch layer of arborist mulch over their surface.

How big do Rhododendrons get?

Hachmann's Polaris Rhododendron can grow around 3-4 feet in height and width, when grown in optimal conditions.

Are Rhododendrons low maintenance?

Azaleas and Rhododendron shrubs are very easy to grow and low maintenance. Water during drought, prune only after flowering and fertilize with an acid-loving organic, slow-release flowering plant fertilizer.

What is the difference between Rhododendrons and Azaleas?

All Azaleas are Rhododendrons but not all Rhodondendrons are Azaleas. Azalea tends to be smaller-sized with smaller leaves and stems, while Rhododendrons can be larger with stout branching and larger bloom trusses. There can both be either deciduous or broad-leaved evergreens.

How Do I Find Azaleas and Rhododendrons for Sale Near Me?

Make your life easier and your yard happier by shopping for Azaleas at NatureHills.com online nursery. You'll find a massive selection of flowering bushes for sale, including many lovely varieties!

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Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

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Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Hachmann's Polaris Rhododendron Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-8
Growing Zones 5-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Rhododendron 'Hachmann's Polaris'
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 3 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 4 feet
Sun Exposure Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Pink & Light Pink Ombre
Foliage Color Green With Fuzzy Undersides
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant No