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Rhododendron 'Admiral Semmes'

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This native azalea, winner of the 2007 Georgia Gold medal award,  will thrive in heat and humidity, which is why it is a good choice for the South. Large, fragrant yellow blooms appear in early spring. Reportedly pest- and disease free, 'Admiral Semmes' is a  progeny of Exbury hybrid R. 'Hotspur Yellow' and R. austrinum.   -Allan Armitage, Plants to know and grow, Fine Gardening issue #119

Noteworthy CharacteristicsMildew resistant. Large, fragrant flowers. Grows well in heat and humidity.

CareProvide dappled shade and moist, well-drained, rich soil.

ProblemsGenerally trouble-free.

  • Genus : Rhododendron
  • Plant Height : 10 to 15 feet
  • Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Bloom Time : Early Spring, Spring
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Light : Partial Shade
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Flower Color : Yellow

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