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RHODODENDRON 'Joe Paterno'

Image of Rhododendron 'Joe Paterno' (Pride Hybrid)

Family

Ericaceae

Botanical Name

RHODODENDRON 'Joe Paterno'( Pride Hybrid)

Plant Common Name

Joe Paterno Rhododendron, Pride Hybrid Rhododendron, Rhododendron

General Description

Orlando Pride of Butler, Pennsylvania, bred and introduced numerous hardy evergreen azaleas of Rhododendron kaempferi and Rhododendron yedoense var. poukhanense ancestry. They bear broadly funnel-shaped red, orange, purple, pink, or white flowers in spring. The single blooms often have contrasting markings on their upper lobes The medium-sized rounded plants have relatively small elliptic leaves.

These cold-hardy azaleas prefer partial shade and highly organic acid soil that is evenly moist but well-drained. Plant them shallowly and mulch well to conserve moisture and suppress weeds. They do best with warm summers and chilly winters. Do any necessary pruning directly after the flowers fade, before the new flower buds form. Try to site them where they will not need to be pruned back. They are excellent for partially shaded mixed borders and shrub plantings.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Broadleaf Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    6'-8' / 1.8m - 2.4m

  • Width

    6'-8' / 1.8m - 2.4m

  • 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

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • 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

    Medium

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No