Another Perfect Plant: Rhododendron 'Capistrano'
Practically every garden in Seattle seems to have a rhododendron in flower right now, but not every garden has a pastel yellow-flowered rhododendron quite like Rhododendron ‘Capistrano’.
Rhododendron ‘Capistrano’ bears frilly trusses of pale, buttery-yellow flowers atop a dense mound of evergreen foliage. New growth can be pinched back to enhance this shrub’s compact, rounded form. ‘Capistrano’ flowers mid-to-late season and prefers full sun to partial shade. Like many Rhododendrons, it requires regular watering during dry periods.
Rhododendron ‘Capistrano’ is a hybrid popularized by David Leach, who was a prolific hybridizer of cold-hardy Rhododendrons and was known in particular for contributing peach, yellow, and green-flowered specimens to the predominantly pink, white, and purple selections of the day.