Common Name: PJM hybrid rhododendron
Origin/Ecology: Weston Nurseries, Hopkinton, MA. Cross between R. carolinianum and R. dauricum.
Habit: Compact, rounded, to 6′ tall.
Leaves: Elliptic, hairless, leathery, dark green leaves (to 2.5″ long). Foliage acquires purple tones in winter.
Leaf Arrangement: alternate
Flowers and Fruit: Lavender, rose or pink flowers (colour varies with cultivar) bloom in clusters (4-9 flowers per cluster) in April.
Water Use, Soil: Acidic, humusy, organically rich, mositure-retentive but well-drained soils. Doesn’t like “wet feet”.
Exposure: Part shade to full shade. Prefers a sun dappled shade. Foliage may scorch in full sun. Protect from winter winds.
Landscape Uses: Mass, group or specimen. Shrub borders, mixed borders, woodland gardens, shade gardens, informal hedge, foundation plantings.
Limitations: Canker, crown rot, root rot, leaf spot, rust, powdery mildew, aphids, borers, lacebugs, leafhoppers, mealybugs, mites, nematodes, scale, thrips, whitefly.
Other Features: Smells like hotdogs?