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Rhododendron ‘Percy Wiseman’

One of the classic Rhododendrons, ‘Percy Wiseman’ Azaleas offer late spring blooms of unusual beauty and great changeability.

The flowers open in a wash of pastel peach, pink, and creamy-yellow tones, then mature to a creamy-ivory with faint pink and green strokes. Borne in clusters of a dozen or more all over compact, very free-flowering shrubs, they are a breathtaking sight during their long season of beauty.

This Rhodie was introduced by master plantsman A. Waterer, and is one of the famous Yakushimanum (“Yak”) hybrids. The Yaks revolutionized Rhododendron growing with their emphasis on compact habits and extreme floriferousness. ‘Percy Wiseman’ is just 3 to 4 1/2 feet tall and slightly wider, yet it completely covers itself in blooms against shiny dark green foliage.

Thriving in sun in northern climates but appreciative of dappled or afternoon shade farther south, this Rhodie is the perfect foundation plant, hedge, or border standout. It needs little maintenance to flower heavily season after season, and fares well even in heavy clay soils.

Hardiness: Zones 5-9.