Rhododendron ‘The Hon. Jean Marie de Montague’

hybrid rhododendron

Outstanding Qualities

This is the red-flowering rhododendron cultivar is the one by which all others are judged. Affectionately known as "Jean Marie", it produces a profusion of large, bright scarlet red flowers in early to mid-May are beautifully set against the leathery dark green leaves.

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: cream, silver, gold

Great Color Partners: bronze, dark green, chartreuse

Culture Notes

This rhododendron is easy to grow in the Pacific Northwest. Plant it in rich well-drained or sandy soil in a location with full sun to light or open shade. Rhododendrons are shallow-rooted plants requiring regular watering during dry weather. Faded flowers can be removed to give a cleaner look and new growth can be pinched to help make young plants bushier. Adult root weevils can chew on their leaves, but this is less of a problem on plants that receive more light and regular watering.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 9

Flower Color: red

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade

Water Requirements: frequent to regular watering