Mariton: Rhododendrons

June 17, 2012

by Tim Burris, Preserve Manager

Photo by Carole Mebus

The Rhododendrons at Mariton are just beginning to bloom.  Now many people may be thinking, “Mine bloomed a month ago”.  Yes, but those aren’t the native Rhododendron (Rhododendron maximum).  Cultivated rhodies are beautiful and add color to the yard, but you should take a close look at a native rhododendron.

Take a look at the specimens at Mariton that are likely 100 years old.  Then look into a blossom and see the stunning simplicityof its beauty.  Stand back and look at a hillside covered with the deep green foliage, and the white blossoms.  After you do that, maybe you’ll understand my preference for the native rhodie.