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Old 04-11-2018, 09:33 AM   #1
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I'd like to sculpt this rhododendron to be more aesthetically appealing. I guess that's a broad statement.

Any landscapers here have advice?

Should I try to move it away from the house a bit?

Trim the lower branches? Or maybe, like tie a rope around the lower branches to attempt to train them to grow 'up' rather than 'out'?
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That's the natural shape of most rhododendrons, your biggest problem is it was planted too close to the house when it was 1st planted. Moving it when it's that big is going to be a major project and you most likely will kill it. I would just trim off the top a little bit and let it be.
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Old 04-12-2018, 04:49 AM   #3
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I agree, too close to the house originally, and you probably can't successfully move it. Rhodies grow wild here, so we don't plant them decoratively. Definitely trim it away from the house as well as the top. It is in it's normal state, now, so you may not want to replace it with another one, but maybe a boxwood or other shapeable (is that a word?) shrub.
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Not looking too good.....Is it facing south or west? Seems to have sun scald on 2 sides. Has it always looked like this ?

It can be cut and shaped, maybe. Look carefully for dormant buds/nodes on the stems, under the leafs. Might be some .....and you can cut above them.
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Not looking too good.....Is it facing south or west? Seems to have sun scald on 2 sides. Has it always looked like this ?

It can be cut and shaped, maybe. Look carefully for dormant buds/nodes on the stems, under the leafs. Might be some .....and you can cut above them.
It is on the 'sunny' side of the house. Pretty much in full blast all day long.

When I purchased the house, a very large juniper tree was blocking most of the sun from the rhododendron.
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My feeling is.....cut it way back, dig it out and transplant...if feasible. If not, cut it down, it will never look good.
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