Nova Zembla Rhododendron

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One of our fastest-selling Rhododendrons! Not all Rhododendrons are created equal. The Nova Zembla Rhododendron (Rhododendron x 'Nova Zembla') is a queen in the spring garden and one of Nature Hill's fastest-selling shrubs! Beautiful trusses of red flowers practically shine on this dense-growing broad-leaved evergreen.

The flashy scarlet flowers will crown this plant each mid-spring and the luxuriant leaves stay green all year. This is a Rhodie that looks just as good in the part sun and heat as it does in the cool shade.

It is perhaps the most widely grown and successful red hybrid for harsh climates. The cold hardy and easy-care features are just a small part of what makes Nova a truly remarkable plant. Reining over your landscape with a dignified presence.

Bursting onto the scene each spring, the bright scarlet-red blooms have darker red spots. In the sunnier areas and as the blooms age, they fade to deep pink. These lovely blooms roll out the royal red carpet to attract bees, butterflies, and Hummingbirds, searching for an early spring meal!

A highly sought-after broadleaf evergreen that blooms in late spring and is native all along the East Coast. The foliage is smooth, green to sage green, and keeps this cooling tone all year round! Each leaf has a soft, wavy edge that stays green all year round throughout USDA growing zones 4 to 8!

How to Use Nova Zembla Rhododendron In The Landscape

Compact and naturally an easy-to-manage size, Nova Zembla Rhododendron makes an excellent foundation plant or tidy hedge. Just the right height for wonderful privacy, a row of this Rhododendron makes your landscape shine! Highlight a fenceline or accent your shady backyard.

These evergreen shrubs are also very effective as an accent plant in shady borders and that bold bloom color lends beauty to every type of garden bed it goes in. Especially in the spring when it really lights up the landscape! Be sure to plant one where you can see its spring display.

For a real show-stopper, try Nova Zembla lining a partially shaded driveway or separating a walkway in the front yard. An excellent, upright growing foundation plant, these will add amazing, year-round head-turning color to your home's curb appeal!

Nova gives your mixed-shrub and mixed-evergreen borders the royal treatment with lush shades to enrich your garden's color palate. The bold evergreen color will provide a strong, year-round backdrop for your other summer-blooming flowers. Looking lovely around other shady perennials and are always good neighbors to Hosta.

Nova looks inspired in an Asian garden setting, its form and shape go along with the Zen architecture and feel. Vibrant and versatile, Rhododendron will reward you with low-maintenance blooms and steady green character year-round.

Woodland garden settings or edge-of-the-woods plantings under larger trees, makes Nova Zembla feel completely at home. Hedges or mass plantings also benefit from the good looks and easy care this evergreen shrub offers!

Winter brings the same consistent color to what would otherwise be a bleak absence of green in your snowy landscape. Nova holding onto her leaves and summer colors through the cold.

  • Beautiful Bright Red Spring Blooms
  • Small, Dense Shrub
  • Frosty Green Broad-Leaved Evergreen Foliage
  • Butterflies, Bees & Hummingbirds!
  • Our Most Popular Rhododendron
  • Woodland Gardens, Great Foundation Plant, Anchors & Specimen

#ProPlantTips For Care

Nova Zembla is so easy-to-grow and loves the part shade and dappled sun areas of your landscape. The foliage and bright blooms just shine in the shadowy parts of the garden. Cold hardy in growing zones 4-8.

Nova also appreciates organically rich, well-drained soil, but with good consistent moisture. Nova Zembla prefers slightly acidic soil, making it perfectly suited to planting around evergreens. For best results, feed with an acid fertilizer such as Dr. Earth Acid Lovers Organic and Natural Premium Fertilizer. Fertilize right after bloom. Keep the soil pH between 4.5 and 5.5 for the best results.

Nova also loves a generous layer of mulch over the root systems to hold in water and keep the roots insulated from both heat and the chill. Nova also benefits from some protection from cold, dry winter winds. Planting by a fenceline or closer to your home in these conditions will keep Nova looking her best.

Like other Rhododendrons, Nova shouldn't need much pruning, but if necessary, it is best to prune right after Nova has finished blooming.

  • Part Sun or Shade Lover
  • Consistent Moisture Needs
  • Enriched, Highly Organic Well-Drained Soil
  • Cold Hardy & Acid-Soil Loving
  • Prune After Flowering

If you have a tough, shady spot or a dreary corner in your garden, then you need the brilliant spring color and stately beauty that only Nova Zembla Rhododendron provides! You can see why Nova is such a great-selling shrub!

The regal Nova Zembla Rhodendron is one of our fastest-selling Rhododendrons and there is always the likelihood that we will sell out! So order these iron-clad Rhododendrons from Nature Hills Nursery now and don't miss out!

Azalea and Rhododendron Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the best place to plant an Azalea bush?

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 does an Azalea bush get?

Nova Zembla Rhodendron can reach 4-5 feet tall and wide in optimal conditions.

Are Azalea bushes low maintenance?

Azalea 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 Azalea and Rhododendron Bushes for Sale Near Me?

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

Choose the right shrub for your area by first finding your growing zone by entering your zip code in the field above the Plant Highlights section on our product pages. Narrow down your options by plant hardiness zone, sun availability, and size requirements.

Place your order, knowing it's backed by the Nature Hills Nursery product guarantee and protected by Plant Sentry™, which helps ensure regulated plant materials aren't sent to prohibited areas.

Expect to receive your plants at the appropriate planting time for your growing zone when temperatures are safest to ship through and into.

What Shipping Options Do You Offer? works closely with our growers and nursery professionals to ensure we ship when it is most appropriate for your area. Our goal is to deliver the hardiest plants by avoiding extreme high and low temperatures. Check out our shipping schedule for more information and to learn our wills and don'ts when it comes to shipping plants. Find your Azaleas for sale here at!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

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.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
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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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Nova Zembla Rhododendron Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Rhododendron x 'Nova Zembla'
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 4 - 5 feet
Mature Spread 4 - 5 feet
Sun Exposure Full Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moist to Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant No