Tropical Gardening: Tropical Vireya rhododendrons thrive in Hawaii

  • Courtesy of VOLTAIRE MOISE Tropical Vireya rhododendron form large shrubs when grown under ideal conditions such as Kaloko Mauka, Kona, and moist regions of East Hawaii. Colors range from white, yellow, orange and red. There are hundreds of species and hybrids.

Throughout the northwest U.S. and Japan, one of the highlights of spring is the mass blooming of azaleas and rhododendrons. In Hawaii, these attractive garden shrubs are popular in cool, mauka areas.