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PJM Regal Rhododendron
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Think your garden is too cold for Rhododendrons? Think again. PJM Regal Rhododendron can handle temperatures down to -30ºF! With this hardy selection, even homeowners in frigid climates can know the joy that this marvelous group of plants can bring. PJM Regal offers a stately evergreen presence all year-round and a profusion of lavender-pink blossoms in spring. The flowers appear earlier than those of other Rhodies and paint a pretty picture with Serviceberries, Daffodils, and Grape Hyacinths. Plant an early spring vignette outside your window and ring in that sweet season in glorious fashion!
- Hardiness Zone: 5
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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. East meets West in the fabulous hybrid PJM Rhododendrons. In the late 1930s, Peter J. Mezitt (hence the name ‘PJM’) and his sonEdmund began breeding these useful selections at their family nursery near Boston, Massachusetts. They used the American Piedmont Rhododendron and the North Asian Dahurian Rhododendron as the parents. PJM Regal is a descendant of those original offspring. It is wider-growing and earlier-blooming than some other selections.
Small leathery leaves give PJM Regal Rhododendron eye-appeal all year long. The dark olive-green foliage turns a fascinating warm mocha color in the wintertime. The leaves also have an unusual but pleasant herbal scent. Plant PJM Regal near an inviting sitting area, where you and your guests can sample the fresh fragrance.
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. If pruning is necessary, trim your PJM Regal Rhododendronimmediately after blooming, as next year’s flower buds are formed in summer.
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