P.J.M. Rhododendron is considered one of the hardiest rhododendrons, being very tolerable at large variations of temperatures and light conditions. I like very much this variety because it is one of the tiniest rhododendron looking more delicate than traditional rhodo's, being a perfect choice for bonsai.
In one of my previous posts I told you about one PJM rhododendron used in a custom-made saikei. I really like its compact and dense foliage which is changing the color during the year from mahogany color in fall-winter to green color in summer. At this time, after the flowers passed, it has a lot of seedpods and the new foliage is enlighten the dark-green look of the plant with a mild grey-green tone.
|PJM rhododendron seedpods and summer foliage|
I love it because it is a scented-leaf rhododendron. Its elliptical-shaped leaves are aromatic if are crushed, with a mild tone of black pepper, limes and candy, unfortunately not edible ;-)
I like also how is looking in spring covered by small mauve-purple flowers. It is an abundant spring-blooming shrub, and the flowers are also scented with limes and candy notes.
|PJM rhododendron flowers|
P.J.M. rhododendrons are definitely outdoor bonsai, very easy to care in Vancouver's climate, but although is a very hardy rhododendron, is better to protect their roots from winter frost and to avoid to over-water them.
|PJM rhododendron bonsai|
In the last two years we trained few PJM Rhododendrons as bonsai in broom, semi-cascade, slanting or windsept styles and, whatever shape you choose for them, it is a real pleasure to have them around in any season.
Don't you think they are lovely?