Sexual reproduction between two species of rhododendron can generate an infinite number of hybrid specimens. The fraction of these hybrids with sufficiently advantageous characteristics that make them worthy of propagation is small.
Determining which new hybrids are worth propagating requires growing them to maturity. Only then can hybridizers evaluate characteristics such as: flowers; foliage; size and growth-habit; susceptibility to disease; tolerance of cold, heat and drought; and general vigor.
The Van Veen Heritage Garden in cooperation with Van Veen Nursery will operate a garden that will allow hybridizers to grow promising hybrids and test such characteristics.
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