of Autumn Azaleas & Rhododendrons
October & November portraits of
Rhododendron 'PJM Elite'
Most of the shrubs & trees
in the Autumn Leaves Gallery are deciduous,
but this 'PJM Elite' rhododendron is evergreen.
In October its leaves turn blood red, a few at a time,
as shown in this photo from 2002.
This color fades within a month,
& as winter arrives, the whole shrub will have
darkened into a rich mahagony color.
Here it is again in October a year later,
leaves turning red in advance of their eventual dark hue
of latest autumn & throughout winter.
The depth of its October redness
hardly prepares the observer for the
evenly dark leaves yet to come in winter.
It won't really bloom until until March,
which is early enough as it is. But what a surprise
to see in November (2003) that our 'PJM Elite'
opened two of its buds prematurely, one of which
s shown here. The unseasonable blooms only reached
about one-third the flower-size expected
immediately before spring.
After its autumn antics in shades of red & copper,
the evergreen leaves take on their winter hue of pure,
chocolatey mahagony for which the PJM series is most famed.
This is a March 2001 portrait, when the shrub was a mite smaller.
Read all about this shrub on
Rhododendron 'PJM Elite' Page
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