Shrub of the Week: Maximum Rhododendron

This week’s shrub you will start to see everywhere as well as all of its cousins. Its spectacular display begins the 3rd weeks of May and lasts into June. This week’s shrub is the…

Rhododendron ‘maximum’

The Maximum Rhododendron will grow into a massive plant if left unchecked. It can growRhododendron to 20+ feet if untouched, providing it has the space. When in bloom the plant literally buzzes with bees collecting pollen.

Max Rhody is a zone 3 shrub that likes the shade and makes an excellent screen plant for privacy or to hide that old camper that your neighbor refuses to haul off.

This is not a plant for up next to the house, unless you want to do some pruning every year. It needs to be planted on the outer edge of the landscape.

Rhododendron 2The rhodys remind me of my youngest daughter because on the day she was born, I walked her mother through our neighborhood as these were all in bloom.


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