Rhododendrons - Rhododendron

The success story of Finnish plant breeding

Rhododendrons were Pekka Jyränkö's favourites. They are also the pride of Finnish plant breeding, with over a dozen cultivars that were developed in Finland and recognised as far away as North America. The City of Helsinki and Pekka Jyränkö played a major part in this success story, since one of the test fields for the rhododendron breeding programme at the University of Helsinki is the famous Rhododendron Park, which Jyränkö dared to establish in a Haaga bog in 1975. Thus far, eight cultivars of rhododendron have been selected to put into commercial production, including 'Pekka' and 'Haaga' in honour of the critical source of their support.