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rhodies that can take full sun??

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by GarPA, Oct 29, 2003.

  1. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,585

    my plant books are all out on loan so I cant look this up so bear with me on what might be a dumb ?...customer is helll bent on putting 3 rhodies where they dont belong...full sun til about 2 pm. My expereince with rhodies tells me this is not going to work...but then again I have not used every kind of rhodie thats out there. I just put some PJMS(PMJ's?) dahh...at my house and I love them...and they're hardier than most for winter...any chance this hardier variety tolerates morning and early pm sun?? thanks much
  2. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Posts: 4,900

    I'm not sure what the books say but I've put pjm's just about every where you could think of and have not had trouble. I have 4 around the pond that are in full sun all day and there thriving been there about 7-8 yrs now Mac
  3. AztlanLC

    AztlanLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,045

    I've had good luck with White catawba
    Rhododendron catawbiense album
    and nova zembia
    those are for zones 4-8
    the first one has white flowers the second red
  4. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
    Posts: 1,557

    They should be fine for sun the first part of the day but it really needs some filtered shade in the hot afternoon heat and sun.
  5. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,585

    NC...are you referring to all 3 varieties or just the pjm's?
  6. AztlanLC

    AztlanLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,045

    Like i said before they've work for me in the past.
    Sometimes a plant can survive in place where it's not suposse to, I'm not saying that I would disregard the instruction on each plant but sometimes you find that kind of customers that you know a juniper would do much better in that spot but they want a rhodi, just make sure it's not your recommendation and you can't guaranteed the plant.
  7. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
    Posts: 1,557

    GarPa all plants in the rhodi family should be able to take a good amount of sun but they do need some protection in the afternoon, ie filtered or full shade.
  8. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    pjm, no problem.
  9. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,585

    pj's it will be ....I think they are about the best rhodie anyway...nice red color this time of year, winter hardy...and they dont look like thr traditional rhodies which I refuse to plant any more....dam things always have a problem of some kind...thanks guys
  10. Team Gopher

    Team Gopher LawnSite Platinum Member
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