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The Best New Plants for 2020: Trees and Shrubs

Fine Gardening - Issue #193

Blooms that change colors more often than a chameleon

Dandy Man Color Wheel rhododendron
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Dandy Man Color Wheel® rhododendron (Rhododendron ‘NCRX1’)

Zones: 5–9

Size: 4 to 6 feet tall and wide

Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; moist, acidic, well-drained soil

Native range: Hybrid

“Color Wheel” is an appropriate common name for this rhodie, which starts out with red buds that slowly unfurl into ruffled pinkish-white blooms. As they age, the blossoms turn bright white. The trusses sometimes hold more than six individual flowers, making for an impressive, bloom-tastic dwarf, evergreen shrub.

Introduced by: Proven Winners® Color Choice®


Another dwarf evergreen with impressive flower power

Interstella pieris
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Interstella® pieris (Pieris japonica ‘FARROWPJRF’)

Zones: 5–8

Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and wide

Conditions: Partial shade; moist, well-drained soil

Native range: China, Taiwan, Japan

If you know pieris, you know they are typically adorned with chains of fragrant white…

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