NC State Extension

‘Southern Cerise’ Piedmont Rhododendron

(Rhododendron minus var. minus)

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Selected by Ron Miller, Clarence Towe, and Tom Ranney along the shore of Gantt Lake in Southeastern Alabama. An exceptional southern form of R. minus with vivid pinkish-red (i.e., cerise) flower buds and tubes that open with bright, pinkish-violet petals. Compared with
R. minus var. chapmanii, another southern form of R. minus, ‘Southern Cerise’ has much showier flowers, lusher foliage, and a less rangy habit. Heat tolerance is a given based on its provenance (within 30 miles of the Florida border). Definite potential for breeding programs. No patent or trademark.

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