P.J.M. Rhododendron is a dwarf broad-leaf evergreen(does not lose its leaves in winter) shrub presenting masses of pretty, fragrant, lavender flowers in the late spring. Small, rounded leaves bright green in summer, turn a gorgeous mahogany in winter. Tolerant of cold, heat, shade and sun, along with its compact, mounding form-make this one of the most versatile rhododendrons. Rhodos must have well-drained, rich acidic soil, use plenty of peat moss when planting.
Care and Cultural Tips:
P.J.M. Rhododendron is deer-proof and somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, benefiting from being planted in a somewhat sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder zones. At maturity P.J.M. will grow 4 feet tall spreading 3 feet. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more. Prune only after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Feed rhodos after flowering with a low nitrogen/high phosphorous organic fertilizer.
An outstanding evergreen shrub planted in mass or standing alone as specimen. Consider planting with spring bulbs, hostas and ostrich ferns. For the zen garden pair this rhododendron with Japanese Maples and Lemon thread-leaf Cyprus.