PJM Rhododendron

As the last of the short, cold days of winter come to a close, we can start anticipating the blossoms of all the early spring harbingers. Amongst them are the oft-overlooked broadleaf evergreen in the Ericaceae family of acid loving plants, the PJM Rhododendron. This smaller leafed rhodo begins its season early, about the same time as forsythia. Purple to lavender or pink flowers, depending on variety, start to appear in late March or early April and usually cover the plant with color.