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Rosebay Rhododendron

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.
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Growth Type: 
Woody Shrub
Color(s): 
Pink, White
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 2, Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Location at Monticello: 
East Lawn and Various Locations
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun and Partial Shade
Blooming History: 
June 20, 2001 to July 18, 2001June 14, 2002 to July 23, 2002May 13, 2003 to July 25, 2003May 14, 2004 to July 19, 2004May 20, 2005 to July 28, 2005May 19, 2006 to July 20, 2006May 22, 2007 to July 20, 2007May 15, 2008 to July 25, 2008May 11, 2009 to July 10, 2009May 10, 2010 to July 15, 2010May 8, 2011 to July 7, 2011May 17, 2012 to July 4, 2012May 19, 2014 to July 2, 2014May 18, 2015 to July 4, 2015May 9, 2017 to June 30, 2017May 25, 2018 to July 11, 2018May 2, 2019

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