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Rhododendron 'Olga Mezitt'

Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rhododendron (roh-do-DEN-dron) (Info)
Cultivar: Olga Mezitt

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring

Good Fall Color

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Patent Information:

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive audsrz On Feb 2, 2011, audsrz from Traverse City, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a cultivar, relaitive of the P.J.M. rhododendron. The foliage is smaller with a lovely strong herbal smell. More cold hardy than other rhodies, it does well with minimal care.

Positive sanity101 On Aug 30, 2005, sanity101 from Dublin, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

Different from the typical rhodedendron, it has small, thin leaves and many small flowers more typical of the 'azalea' look, though it is evergreen. Resembles Rhododendron carolinianum 'P.J. Mezitt' strongly, but with darker pink to lavender flowers.

Easy to grow compared to many of the family, it flowers fairly heavily and willingly even in shade, though it does get rather leggy with less sun.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Alfred, Maine
Dracut, Massachusetts
Royal Oak, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan
Sylva, North Carolina
Dublin, Ohio
Portland, Oregon
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Brookhaven, Pennsylvania
West Dummerston, Vermont
Wytheville, Virginia
Madison, Wisconsin

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