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Rhododendron ‘Mary Fleming’

Mary Fleming' Rhododendron, Evergreen Rhododendron, Early Midseason Rhododendron

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Ideal for small gardens, Rhododendron ‘Mary Fleming’ is an incredibly pretty evergreen shrub. It produces an abundance of creamy, wavy-edged flowers that are delicately tinged with salmon pink and display a darker pink blotch in their throat. Blooming in mid-spring, the blossoms of this early midseason rhododendron cover this dwarf rhododendron in a brilliant color display. They contrast beautifully with the handsome foliage of small leaves that emerge with bronze tones and mature to dark green before changing back to rich bronze during winter. Sun and heat-tolerant, this compact evergreen rhododendron is extremely cold-hardy, and a very reliable performer. ‘Mary Fleming’ is a cross of (Rhododendron racemosum x keiskei) x R. keiskei by Guy Nearing of Ramsey, New Jersey. It is among the most highly rated dwarf rhododendrons in the northeastern United States.

  • Grows with a broad and spreading habit, up to 18-30 in. tall and wide (45-75 cm)
  • Winner of the Rhododendron of the Year Award of the American Rhododendron Society for the Mid-Atlantic, Great Lakes, South East, and South Central regions.
  • A part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in moist, acidic, humusywell-drained soils. Plant shallowly. Protect from frost to prevent damage to flowers. Mulch annually with leaf mold to retain moisture, control weeds, and cool the soil.
  • Perfect for borders, as a flowering hedge or privacy screen, and for containers. Great for small gardens!
  • Attracts butterflies, hummingbirds, and birds.
  • Excellent mildew resistance
  • Removing spent flowers promotes new growth
  • All parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested.
  • Toxic to dogs, toxic to cats, toxic to horses.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 8
Heat Zones 5 - 8
Climate Zones 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Ericaceae
Genus Rhododendron
Common names Rhododendron
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid)
Height 1' - 3'
(30cm - 90cm)
Spread 1' - 3'
(30cm - 90cm)
Spacing 18" - 30"
(50cm - 80cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens, Patio And Containers, Small Gardens
Garden Styles Traditional Garden, Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard
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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 8
Heat Zones 5 - 8
Climate Zones 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Ericaceae
Genus Rhododendron
Common names Rhododendron
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid)
Height 1' - 3'
(30cm - 90cm)
Spread 1' - 3'
(30cm - 90cm)
Spacing 18" - 30"
(50cm - 80cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens, Patio And Containers, Small Gardens
Garden Styles Traditional Garden, Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard
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