November 24, 2017

Rare Jewel

Rhododendron 'Weston's Pink Diamond'

Janine Pineo Photo | Rhododendron ‘Weston’s Pink Diamond’

Little can compare to a shrub in full bloom after a long winter devoid of color. Rhododendron ‘Weston’s Pink Diamond’ is one of those spring delights. Stemming from the decades-long work of Weston Nurseries in Massachusetts, this member of the PJM Group of hybrids so long grown in the United States was introduced in 1983 to celebrate the nursery’s 60th anniversary. It was a cross between the PJM Group and Rhododendron mucronulatum ‘Cornell Pink.’ The result was a tall hybrid, more than 6 feet when mature, that flowers in May here in Maine. And those flowers? They are doubles, glowing in a lovely shade of rose pink.

Rhododendron 'Weston's Pink Diamond'

Janine Pineo Photo | Rhododendron ‘Weston’s Pink Diamond’