Weston’s Sparkler Rhododendron
Rhododendron ‘Weston’s Sparkler’
Description: A fine example of the type of plant suitable for the Cary Award. In addition to being a beautiful plant, it is durable, hardy to zone 4, and pest and disease resistant. Its rich pink flowers, with elegantly ruffled petals, open in early July and perfume the air with a spicy fragrance.
The deciduous leaves have blue green cast in summer and take on lovely burgundy hues in the fall before dropping. When grown in full sun or partial shade ‘Weston’s Sparkler’ has the potential to reach 12’ tall.
This cultivar, which was selected by the late Ed Mezitt of Weston Nurseries, was named a Proven Performer by the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society.
- Type/habit: Tall shrub
- Key season and features of interest: Ruffled, fragrant rich pink flowers; bluish green foliage turning burgundy in fall
- Flowering period: July
- Evergreen or deciduous: Deciduous
- Native? No
- Pollinator plant: Attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds
- Wildlife benefits: N/A
- Site/Condition tolerance: Sandy soil; shade
- Sun/Shade preference: Full sun – partial shade
- Soil condition preference: Moist, fertile, acidic, well-drained
- Hardy and disease resistant
Growth Habit: Slow growing, upright, broad
Size (mature height and spread): 6-12’ tall by 5-6’wide
Hardiness (USDA Zones): 4-8
Nativity: Hybrid origin
Suggested Uses: Border, foundation, woodland, hedge
Year of award: 2011