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P.J. Mezitt Elite Star Rhododendron

A Hardy Evergreen That Brings Year-Round Beauty and Color


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  • flowering dateMid-Late Spring
  • hardiness zone4-8
  • height5 - 6 feet
  • restricted statesAE AK AZ CA GU HI ID MT NV OR PR UT WA
  • ship asPREMIUM 1G
  • sun exposurePartial Shade
  • Magenta-pink blooms attract bees and butterflies
  • Rich reddish-purple fall foliage
  • Hardy to Zone 4, perfect for colder regions

The PJM Elite Azalea is not just any flowering shrub; it's a multi-season performer that brings life and color to any garden. Winner of the Rhododendron of the Year award, this azalea is celebrated for its robust nature and stunning visual appeal. Ideal for those looking to add reliable color to their garden, the PJM Elite Azalea thrives in part shade and is tough enough for cold climates.

Bright Spring Blooms Attract Pollinators:  Early in the spring, the PJM Elite Azalea bursts into vibrant bloom, covering the shrub in rich, magenta-pink flowers that attract butterflies and bees. These blossoms not only provide a feast for the eyes but also support local pollinators, playing a crucial role in the health of your garden.

Year-Round Visual Interest with Evergreen Foliage:  As an evergreen, the PJM Elite Azalea keeps your garden looking lush and vibrant all year long. Its leaves maintain a healthy green appearance throughout the seasons, providing a perfect backdrop for its springtime floral display. In the fall, the foliage transforms into a striking reddish-purple color, adding another layer of interest and beauty.

Exceptionally Hardy and Low Maintenance:  Designed to withstand the challenges of cold climates, the PJM Elite Azalea is hardy down to Zone 4, making it a superb choice for northern gardeners. This resilience means less worry over winter damage and more enjoyment of its natural beauty. Also, its adaptability to part shade allows it to thrive in various garden settings.

Product Details

  • botanical nameRhododendron 'PJM Elite Star' PP27780
  • flowering dateMid-Late Spring
  • flower colorPurple
  • flower formTrumpet-shaped clusters
  • foliage typeElliptic leaves
  • formShrub
  • growth rateSlow
  • hardiness zone4-8
  • height5 - 6 feet
  • planting instructionsPlant shallowly in a location protected from strong winter winds.
  • pruningRemove spent flowers to promote new growth
  • restricted statesAE AK AZ CA GU HI ID MT NV OR PR UT WA
  • shipping seasonFall
  • ship asPREMIUM 1G
  • soil requirementMoist, well-drained
  • spacing5 - 6 feet
  • spread5 - 6 feet
  • sun exposurePartial Shade
  • watering requirementAverage
  • winter careMulch annually with leaf mould to retain moisture, control weeds and cool the soil.

Shipping Schedule

When will my order ship?

Plants will be shipped at the proper planting time for your area of the country during the shipping timeframes outlined below:

2024 Fall Shipping Schedule
Zone Most Dormant Bareroot & Potted Perennials, and Shrubs
3A-4B 9/2/24 - 10/25/24
5A 9/2/24 - 10/25/24
5B 9/2/24 - 10/25/24
6A & 6B 9/2/24 - 10/25/24
7A 9/23/24 - 11/8/24
7B 9/23/24 - 11/8/24
8A & 8B 9/23/24 - 11/8/24
9A-9B 9/23/24 - 11/8/24
10A-10B 9/23/24 - 11/8/24
Last Order Date Zones 3A - 6B: 10/21/24
Zones 7A - 10B: 11/4/24

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