A giant rhododendron


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I came across this picture when I was wandering through the net:



It looks gorgeous!
According to the information I found, it's not a tree. It's a collection of large shrubs that are over 125 years old. I find it hard to believe. Is it possible for rhododendrons to grow this big?
 
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Wow, it's beautiful! I didn't know that they can grow this big because our neighbor has this in her backyard. But it's kind of messy, right?
 
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Scotkat - wow, those rhododendrons are really pretty! Thank you for posting this link.
Helagumamela - messy in what way? Are you talking about those fallen petals on the ground? In my opinion they look quite lovely. It's like pink snow:)
 
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They get huge and the older mature ones can actually look like trees. I saw a pretty red one at a house I was looking at recently and it was at least 15 feet tall. That is a lot of leaves to clean up...
 
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Wow! That is one big plant.

It does seem like a pain to have to clean all that, though, as others have mentioned. If it was dirt you could let it be, but it's cement. I imagine it'd start smelling bad and attracting insects if left alone.
 
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