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Rhododendron 'Joe Paterno'

(Rhododendron, 'Joe Paterno')

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Rhododendron hybrid 'Joe Paterno' is an excellent white hybrid of Catawbiense album. It is compact in form and will brighten the part shade garden in spring.


Best grown in acidic, humusy, organically rich, medium moisture, moisture-retentive but well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. Prefers a sun dappled shade. Plant in a location protected from strong winter winds. Good soil drainage is essential (doesn't like "wet feet"). Poor drainage inevitably leads to root rot, therefore raised beds/plantings should be considered in heavy clay soils. Shallow, fibrous root systems (do not cultivate around plants) will benefit greatly from a mulch (e.g., wood chips, bark or pine needles) to help retain moisture and stabilize soil temperatures. Roots must never be allowed to dry out. Acidify soils as needed. Clip off spent flower clusters immediately after bloom as practicable.

Additional Information

Common Name Rhododendron, 'Joe Paterno'
Botanical Name Rhododendron 'Joe Paterno'
Container/Amount 10 gallon
Plant Category Shrub
Evergreen or Deciduous Evergreen
Hardiness Zone 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
Height to 6 ft.
Width to 7 ft.
Growth Rate Average
Light Requirements Part-sun, Part-shade, Shade
Soil Condition Well-drained
Water Needs Average
Blooming Period April/May
Flower Color White
Fragrance No
Foliage Color Green
Berry Color No
Deer Resistant Yes

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