Rosebay Rhododendron

Rhododendron maximum

[rhododendron_maximum]

Among the hundreds of plants that Jefferson observed or cultivated at Monticello were over forty shrubs. These included the North American natives Rhododendron maximum, which he referred to as "Rosebay," and Rhododendron periclymeniodes, Pinxter azalea (also known as Pinxterbloom), which he called "Wild honeysuckle." In addition to these, Jefferson grew a related species, Kalmia latifolia, an example of which now grows nestled next to a Rosebay Rhododendron in a bed near the southeast corner of the main house.

Growth Type: Woody Shrub Color(s): Pink, White Hardiness Zones: 2 - 9 Location at Monticello: East Lawn and Various Locations Planting Conditions: Full Sun and Partial Shade

Visit Monticello's Online Shop to check for seeds or plants of Rosebay Rhododendron.

Blooming Dates 2001: Jun 20 – Jul 182002: Jun 14 – Jul 232003: May 13 – Jul 252004: May 14 – Jul 192005: May 20 – Jul 282006: May 19 – Jul 202007: May 22 – Jul 202008: May 15 – Jul 252009: May 11 – Jul 102010: May 10 – Jul 152011: May 8 – Jul 72012: May 17 – Jul 42014: May 19 – Jul 2