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    Rhododendron 'P.J.M. Compact'

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    Compact P.J.M. Rhododendron (Rhododendron 'P.J.M. Compact') at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Compact P.J.M. Rhododendron flowers

    Compact P.J.M. Rhododendron flowers

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    Compact P.J.M. Rhododendron (Rhododendron 'P.J.M. Compact') at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Compact P.J.M. Rhododendron in bloom

    Compact P.J.M. Rhododendron in bloom

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Height:  4 feet

    Spread:  3 feet

    Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

    Hardiness Zone:  3b

    Group/Class:  P.J.M. Series

    Description:

    A dwarf broadleaf evergreen shrub featuring pretty purple-pink flowers in spring and a compact 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

    Compact P.J.M. Rhododendron is clothed in stunning clusters of lightly-scented lavender trumpet-shaped flowers with rose overtones at the ends of the branches in mid spring, which emerge from distinctive fuchsia flower buds. It has green foliage. The narrow leaves turn an outstanding purple in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

    Landscape Attributes

    Compact P.J.M. 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.

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

    • Accent
    • Mass Planting
    • General Garden Use

    Planting & Growing

    Compact P.J.M. Rhododendron will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. 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.

    At Dutch Growers, we treat this plant as a "HOBBY PLANT". It is not officially recognized as winter-hardy in our zone 3, however, there is a strong liklihood that it will survive winter. Warranty expires on Nov. 1 season of purchase.

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

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