My neighbor has a 12-foot evergreen rhododendron which perfumes her
entire 2-acre property. It has light pink large flowers with yellowish
throats. A single spray has scented my entire house. The fragrance
is heavy and rich, like honeysuckle. Some people would find it too
strong, but I just love it. We are in NY state, Zone 5. She has had
this shrub for at least 25 years so it definitely can take cold and
heat. The leaves are glossy and rather a light green. I took a
picture of the blooms but it is (A) a very large image that you
should not attempt to view if you're on slow dial-up and (B) a little
washed-out due to the flash on my digital camera. I would gladly order
one of these plants if I could identify it, and wait a couple of years
till it blooms. If you are willing to take a look, here is the link:
Thanks for any leads.
Here are some possibilities.
1) One possibility that looks exactly like your photo is "Dexter's
One thing bothers me, Dexter's Honeydew is not really a Zone 5 plant.
It has a rated hardiness of -10F.
2) A better plant for zone 5 is another Dexter, "Janet Blair".
It is hardy in Zone 5, being rated at -20F.
3) Perhaps more fragrant and almost as hardy is "Cadis".
It is hardy to -15F. Here is a picture of Cadis that looks similar to
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Wow, that Dexter's Honeydew is "IT". I saw the picture and there is no
question. Thank you, Steve! We are really a zone 5B here. -10 is a
complete rarity, normally -2 is all we ever dip down to,and that only
every 4 yrs or so. Based on the photo I am going to order a Dexter's
Honeydew and take really good care of it.
I am so happy to have found what I think is the answer. Last year I
tried to propagate cuttings, under glass jars in sterile rooting medium
etc., in several environments around my house and garden. I read a
ton of info on it, and did everything the best I could, but no
dice. And the parent plant has such woody bottom branches there was no
question of doing root-layering from a green branch, the way you
To anyone really in a true Zone 6 -- you gotta try one of these. You
will astonish yourself and your neighbors too. Chris
I forgot to say that it is an "early" blooming rhodie, coming out right
after the azaleas here and before most of the other rhodies. That
clinched it for me. The fact that the nursery calls it wide-spreading
and so on, doesn't mean much when you're talking about 25 years of
growth. This shrub gets really tall if you give it time.
Chris (member of the Lake Mahopac Garden Club)
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