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Color carnival! Percy Wiseman Rhododendron puts on an extravaganza of changing colors with its captivating springtime blooms. Flashy flowers start out a deep rose-pink at bud stage, open to a pretty pink, and eventually fade to a creamy white. All colors may be present at the same time—the charming effect is not unlike that of some Crabapples. Plant Percy Wiseman where you can enjoy its dynamic blossoms at close range, such as near your porch, patio, or entryway. Its compact size makes it easy to integrate into any of the beds and borders around your home in need of some springtime pizzazz.
- Hardiness Zone: 6
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Hybrid Evergreen Rhododendrons are the result of years of patient breeding work done using countless species and forms of these spectacular Accents. Because of the efforts of so many professional and amateur plant lovers, we now have a rainbow of colors to choose from when selecting Rhododendrons for our homes. One website lists 15,000 varieties of Evergreen Rhododendrons in its database! Percy Wiseman arose from Waterers Nursery in Bagshot, England, a nursery famous for its fine Rhododendron and Azalea selections. It was bred in the late 1950s and released in 1969. Percy Wiseman was one of the plant breeders at Waterers.
Percy Wiseman is a type of Yakushima Rhododendron, a group appreciated for—among other things—its fantastic foliage. Leaves emerge with a beautiful silvery cast. They later turn green on top but have a fine layer of tan fuzz on the undersides. This fuzz serves as an effective deterrent to the insects that may attack Rhododendrons and Azaleas.
How to Grow
Rhododendrons appreciate a little pampering. They thrive when shielded from hot summer sun and given moist but well-drained, acidic soil. They never like to dry out but don’t care for soggy conditions, either. Rhododendrons can “burn” from harsh chemical fertilizers, so feed with a gentle organic product like Bower & Branch Elements™ Fertilizer. Azalea lace bug can sometimes be an issue, but specimens grown in optimal conditions in most cases will remain healthy and resistant to attack. Yakushima Rhododendrons, like this one, are particularly resistantto Azalea lace bug. If pruning is necessary, trim your Percy Wiseman Rhododendronimmediately after blooming, as next year’s flower buds are formed in summer.
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