||I find this rare and beautiful species to be the most rewarding and delightful to grow of all of our eastern native evergreen Rhododendrons. Very rarely offered and quite easy to grow, Chapman's Rhododendron can mature to 4'x 6' High with an equal width. While tolerant of the extreme heat of it's native haunts in Florida panhandle, it will not survive any long dry periods without adequate hydration. Optimum conditions are well drained soils that retain consistent moisture, which is the same for all native Rhododendrons species. Performs best in morning sun and afternoon shade or partial shade/sun
through out the day. This plant naturally occurs in wooded areas in the central panhandle area from Apalachicola to Tallahassee, north to the Georgia, Alabama and Florida juncture of state lines. It is found in rich sandy top soils along river and creek corridors. The two largest populations are on military bases which gives them their best protection from development and native plant thieves. If you can grow other native evergreen Rhododendrons then you can enjoy this wonderful species in your garden as well.
This is our top choice of the native evergreen Rhododendron species.