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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.
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: 
2001 Jun 20 to 2001 Jul 182002 Jun 14 to 2002 Jul 232003 May 13 to 2003 Jul 252004 May 14 to 2004 Jul 192005 May 20 to 2005 Jul 282006 May 19 to 2006 Jul 202007 May 22 to 2007 Jul 202008 May 15 to 2008 Jul 252009 May 11 to 2009 Jul 102010 May 10 to 2010 Jul 152011 May 8 to 2011 Jul 72012 May 17 to 2012 Jul 42014 May 19 to 2014 Jul 22015 May 18 to 2015 Jul 4
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