Vireya Rhododendrons

The "tropical" rhododendrons

Family: Ericaceae


Most of the Rhododendrons you'll see in northern hemisphere garden books are shrubs of cool climates. They aren't suitable for gardens in most of Queensland (unless you count the Azaleas). The Vireya group of Rhododendrons come from warm regions of the world, although usually the cooler mountain habitats. Australia even has a native Vireya, R. lochiae (Some authorities believe the Australian Vireyas should be divided between two species).

Gardeners in increasing numbers are now discovering Vireyas. A great feature is their amenability to container culture (Many grow as epiphytes in nature). Furthermore, plant breeders have a done a lot of work to expand the range of cultivars available.



Places to buy Vireyas

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Vireya rhododendrons are sometimes available in garden centres in Qld. For the greatest selction, try to find a Vireya specialist.

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This section is intended for vireya rhododendron nurseries or nurseries which might be considered vireya specialists. If you operate a nursery (including online and mail order nurseries) selling vireyas to Qld residents, and you would like to advertise on this page, click here: Information for advertisers

More Online Information


The following are for general information, research and ideas - some species or cultivars referred to in links may be unavailable in Australia or unsuitable for Queensland conditions

Rhododendron lochiae Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants (ASGAP)
Rhododendron and Azalea News Vol. 7, No.3 Includes some information on root-pruning of pot-bound Vireyas
Caring for my Vireya Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture
Vireya notes about these plants in Hawaii. Pana`ewa Rainforest Zoo, Hawaii
Rhododendrons in Hawaii American Rhododendron Society Massachusetts Chapter
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