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Sudden Oak Death & Rhododendrons

These sites offer detailed information on Sudden Oak Death:

We have always recommended the use of bark (ground wood) as the best planting medium for growing rhododendrons and azaleas. A plant in a well-watered mound of bark will grow faster, bloom better and will have a much higher resistance to disease than one planted in a more "traditional" manner (i.e: in a hole with average garden soil). Our CARE GUIDE has more information to help you understand the importance of using bark with your rhododendron and azalea plantings.