Cornell Pink is the moniker given to the deciduous Korean Rhododendron mucronulatum. My oldest plant is over six that is coming into bloom now and whose more typical flowers are a not so pleasing purple. It was a selection made at Cornell by an H. T. Skinner in 1956 and Google doesn’t provide any more info than that. It has attractive clear pink flowers and since it is deciduous is often listed as an Azalea. My oldest plant is over six feet tall. Over the years I have acquired several others, one with white flowers, the typical species with purple flowers and several dwarf varieties. I also have a closely related species, Rhododendron dauricum, also coming into bloom now.
The most popular of the early blooming Rhododendrons is undoubtedly, PJM. You will see it in many yards in our communities. This is a hybrid developed by Peter John Mezzitt, of Weston Nurseries in Massachusetts. He has gone on to introduce other hybrids. The one I like is Olga, named for his wife and having clear pink blossoms. A sister of this cross is name Aglo. These are all small-leaved Rhododendrons and can take more sun that the large-leaved varieties. These are the most common ones you will find in local nurseries. Others also introduced by Weston Nurseries are Weston ‘Pink Diamond’, April Snow and two more compact hybrids; Checkmate, a dwarf form of PJM and Little Olga. If I weren’t running out of room, I would try them. It would be nice to have a white-flowering plant and the others should not take up much space.

Cornell Pink is the moniker given to the deciduous Korean Rhododendron mucronulatum. My oldest plant is over six that is coming into bloom now and whose more typical flowers are a not so pleasing purple. It was a selection made at Cornell by an H. T. Skinner in 1956 and Google doesn’t provide any more info than that. It has attractive clear pink flowers and since it is deciduous is often listed as an Azalea. My oldest plant is over six feet tall. Over the years I have acquired several others, one with white flowers, the typical species with purple flowers and several dwarf varieties. I also have a closely related species, Rhododendron dauricum, also coming into bloom now. The most popular of the early blooming Rhododendrons is undoubtedly, PJM. You will see it in many yards in our communities. This is a hybrid developed by Peter John Mezzitt, of Weston Nurseries in Massachusetts. He has gone on to introduce other hybrids. The one I like is Olga, named for his wife and having clear pink blossoms. A sister of this cross is name Aglo. These are all small-leaved Rhododendrons and can take more sun that the large-leaved varieties. These are the most common ones you will find in local nurseries. Others also introduced by Weston Nurseries are Weston ‘Pink Diamond’, April Snow and two more compact hybrids; Checkmate, a dwarf form of PJM and Little Olga. If I weren’t running out of room, I would try them. It would be nice to have a white-flowering plant and the others should not take up much space.