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RHODODENDRON 'Janet Blair'

Image of Rhododendron 'Janet Blair'

David C. Royster

Family

Ericaceae

Botanical Name

RHODODENDRON 'Janet Blair'

Plant Common Name

Janet Blair Rhododendron, Rhododendron

General Description

A dense, vigorous, hardy shrub that offers large conical clusters of lightly fragrant, pale mauve-pink flowers in mid-spring, this rhododendron traces its lineage back to the famed Dexter Hybrids. The wide-flaring, frilly-edged, funnel-shaped blooms have amber rays on their upper lobes. This broadly rounded, medium-sized shrub has long elliptic glossy-green leaves.

Like most rhododendrons, 'Janet Blair' does well in partial shade and highly organic, well-drained, acid soil. Plant it shallowly and mulch well to conserve moisture and suppress weeds. Do any necessary pruning directly after the flowers fade, before next year's buds form. Try to site it where it has room to grow to full size.

This handsome evergreen works well in mixed borders and naturalistic shrub plantings.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    4, 5, 6, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Broadleaf Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    6'-8' / 1.8m - 2.4m

  • Width

    8'-10' / 2.4m - 3.0m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Light Pink

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No