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Labrador Tea

Ledum groenlandicum

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Labrador Tea (Ledum groenlandicum) at Oceanview Garden Centre

Ledum groenlandicum flowers

Ledum groenlandicum flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Labrador Tea (Ledum groenlandicum) at Oceanview Garden Centre

Ledum groenlandicum in bloom

Ledum groenlandicum in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height: 3 feet

Spread: 3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone: 2b

Other Names: Rhododendron groenlandicum


A ledum that was recently re-classed as a Rhododendron; native in northern climes with lacey white flowers in late spring and a compact habit, quite hardy; a bog plant for use in wet poorly drained areas; use plenty of peat moss when planting

Ornamental Features:

Labrador Tea features dainty clusters of white star-shaped flowers at the ends of the branches in late spring. It has green foliage with coppery-bronze undersides. The fuzzy narrow leaves remain green through the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The stems are coppery-bronze but aren't particularly outstanding.

Landscape Attributes:

Labrador Tea is an open multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Labrador Tea is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • General Garden Use
  • Mass Planting
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Herb Gardens

Plant Characteristics:

Labrador Tea will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It has a low canopy. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in moist to wet soil, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for poor, acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution.

This species is native to parts of North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Massing Garden Naturalizing Herb
Flowers Winter Value
Ornamental Features