Rhododendron ‘PJM Elite’

hybrid rhododendron

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  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

Rhododendron 'PJM Elite' is the best of the many "PJM" cultivars available in nurseries. In early spring this small-leaved evergreen shrub is covered in a profusion of deep red-purple flowers – definitely a harbinger of the season! The aromatic foliage often changes to almost a mahogany color when the temperature becomes colder and provides striking wintertime interest.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: upright shrub

Foliage Type: evergreen

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

Plant Width/Spread: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 8

Flower Color: rose

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: an abundance of red-purple flowers in late winter

Wildlife Associations: bees

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: dark green, yellow

Great Color Partners: pink, purple

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.