Rhododendron 'Peter J. Mezzit'

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Product Description
Sun Exposure Part Sun/Shade
Bloom Time Spring
Soil Conditions Normal
Fall Color Burgundy/Purple
Flower Color Purple, Pink
Mature Plant Size (H x W) 4-6' x 4-6'
Introducing the P.J.M. Rhododendron, a beautiful evergreen shrub that boasts vibrant pinkish-lavender flowers in early spring and glossy green foliage throughout the year. Its leaves are usually elliptic, leathery, and dark green – ranging from 1” by 2 ½” in size. This popular garden favorite is easy to grow and maintain, making it perfect for both novice and experienced gardeners. Its compact size makes it ideal for borders, hedges, or containers, and it thrives in partial shade to full sun. P.J.M. Rhododendron can grow to the mature size of 4-6’ wide by 4-6’ tall.

At our nursery, we carefully cultivate P.J.M. Rhododendrons to ensure that they are healthy, vigorous, and ready to flourish in your garden. We use only the highest quality soil and fertilizers to promote strong growth and bright blooms. Whether you're looking to add a splash of color to your landscape or create a charming container garden, the P.J.M. Rhododendron is a stunning choice.

Order now and get ready to enjoy the beauty and ease of this amazing shrub. With its captivating flowers and lush foliage, the P.J.M. Rhododendron is sure to be a highlight of your garden for years to come.
  • sunshade Part Sun/Shade
  • Mature Plant Size (H x W) Mature Plant Size (H x W): 4-6' x 4-6'
  • Bloom Season Bloom Season: Spring
Key features
  • Attracts Bees
  • Salt Tolerant
  • Winter Interest
  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Fragrant Flowers
  • Attracts Pollinators
Planting Care

Planting & Care for Deciduous Shrub – P.J.M. Rhododendron

  • P.J.M. Rhododendron is a hardy hybrid valued for its resistance to severe weather and the ability to prosper in windy gardens.
  • Grows to be around 3-6’ high and wide.
  • Soil must be acid and well-drained, cool and moist throughout the year an fortified with moisture-conserving organic matter.
  • Dig in plenty of well-rotted manure, garden compost, or leaf mould before planting.
  • Easy to manage and blooms are large, showy and have pointed leaves.
  • Plant in April, July-August.
  • Prune in May and June.
Opening Plant Material
  • Containers - Completely saturate all container plants by putting in a larger container of water until stops bubbling, remove. Now ready to plant. Dig a hole no deeper than the depth of the container and 6" or more, making sure it’s wider on the sides.
Planting containers
  • Plant in spring and fall
  • Slide plant from pot by tapping on the bottom of the pot.
  • With shovel or knife trim bottom 2" off of the root ball for plants in plastic containers.
  • Rotate the plant to the proper position. Never lift or move plants by the tops.
  • Place the root ball in the hole.
  • Notice where the base of the trunk flairs out from the tree. This is called the root flair. This root flair should show when the tree is planted. If necessary, add soil under the ball so the root flair is exposed.
  • Place fertilizer packets into the bottom of the hole (if purchased). *Use Our Recommended Fertilizer.
  • Backfill the hole with soil, making sure the top of the root ball is visible and slightly higher than the soil around it.
  • Firm the soil around the plant. Water well to settle soil around the root ball.
Pruning - After Planting
  • Containers - Although it is not essential for containers to be pruned after planting, a light pruning for shape, to remove any broken branches from shipping, or to thin out a heavily branched plant will help in the transplanting process and in the appearance of your new planting.
Pruning - Through-out the Season
  • Prune in May and June.
  • When pruning snap off spent blooms when petals fall, to channel energy away from seed production and into strong new growth. Be sure not to damage new leaves in the process.
  • Keep mature bushes youthful and packed with blossom in spring by removing one in three of older, black-barked stems when flowers fade.
Watering - After Planting
  • Plants typically take approximately 6 weeks to establish new roots in your soil. During this period, water plants as often as every 2-4 days at the start and at least a minimum of once per week.
  • Beyond the 6 week establishment period, water once per week, unless rains occur.
  • Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.
Watering - Through-out the Season
  • After the first season, plants should only be watered during extended periods without rain.
  • How do you know if your plants need water? The easiest way to tell is to touch the soil around the roots. If it is moist, there is no need to water. If it is dry, give it a good soaking with the hose end (no nozzle) watering the soil only, not the leaves.
  • Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.

Planting & Handling Help

Download our Planting and Handling Guide below to plan for a successful arrival and install of your plants. Be sure to water all plants as soon as they arrive and every day until you’re ready to plant. Keep any bare root bundles in a shady, cool spot with the roots covered at all times.

Learn More

Watch our videos on handling bare root plants, how your order is prepared for shipment and more.

Plant Sizing

What is the difference between Containers, Grow Bags, Bare Root, and Balled & Burlap (B&B)?

Shipping Times

Our FedEx and local shipping times depend on two factors, one is by the region and the second is the type of product being shipped. For example, small fruits are only shipped in spring, but majority of our perennials are shipped from spring until fall. Keep in mind the dates below act as a general guide. Due to unpredictable weather, staffing, inventory and industry demands these timelines can change. Therefore, we cannot guarantee any of these times.


Shipping Dates by Region*


Northern Cold Region: April 22nd - November 7th

Northern Region: April 15th - November 7th

Middle Region: April 1st - November 7th

Southern Region: March 15th - November 7th

Local Delivery (small radius from Waterloo, WI): April 22nd - November 7th


Shipping Dates by Season*


Spring Shipping: Region Start Date (above) - May

Fall Shipping: September - November


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