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P.J.M. Elite Rhododendron

Rhododendron 'P.J.M. Elite'

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P.J.M. Elite Rhododendron (Rhododendron 'P.J.M. Elite') at Platt Hill Nursery

P.J.M. Elite Rhododendron in bloom

P.J.M. Elite Rhododendron in bloom

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P.J.M. Elite Rhododendron (Rhododendron 'P.J.M. Elite') at Platt Hill Nursery

P.J.M. Elite Rhododendron flowers

P.J.M. Elite Rhododendron flowers

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P.J.M. Elite Rhododendron (Rhododendron 'P.J.M. Elite') at Platt Hill Nursery

P.J.M. Elite Rhododendron in fall

P.J.M. Elite Rhododendron in fall

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Height:  6 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Group/Class:  P.J.M. Series

Description:

A beautiful broadleaf evergreen shrub with showy pink flowers in spring and an upright habit, very hardy, interesting fall coloration; absolutely must have well-drained, highly acidic and organic soil, use plenty of peat moss when planting

Ornamental Features

P.J.M. Elite Rhododendron is draped in stunning clusters of lightly-scented fuchsia trumpet-shaped flowers with lavender overtones at the ends of the branches in early spring. It has green foliage. The narrow leaves turn an outstanding purple in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

P.J.M. Elite Rhododendron is an open multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. 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.

P.J.M. Elite Rhododendron is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

P.J.M. Elite Rhododendron will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. 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 requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Fall Color  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

This Plant Finder tool is an online catalog representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact your nearest Platt Hill Nursery store for current availability. It does not include our entire inventory of plants, so be sure to visit us to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.