Rhodendron Blooming in October
Rhododendrons are grown in many North American and European gardens; however, the rhododendron species originated from the East, brought to Europe by plant explorers.The rhododendron species belong to the Ericaceae plant family; rhododendrons are botanically related to azaleas, blueberries, heathers and mountain laurels. The name rhododendron is derived from the Greek word rhodos (meaning rose) and dendron (meaning tree). There are over 1000,natural species of rhododendron; however, many rhododendron species found growing in North America and Europe today are hybrids. They bloom from January through August depending upon the location and the climate.