(Rhododendron ponticum)

Rhododendron is an alien invasive species and noxious weed, introduced into Britain in the late 18thC for ornament and to provide cover for game. Rhododendron is particularly troublesome in the west of Britain, displacing native vegetation in woodland, heathland and scrub. Its foliage is unpalatable to browsing animals and its waxy leaves are resistant to herbicide.

This definition is abridged from A – Z of tree terms: A companion to British arboriculture.
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