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Rhododendron 'Admiral Semmes'

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Medium yellow flowers with deeper yellow dorsal flares and pleasing fragrance in May. Lustrous dark green mildew-free leaves turn orangey bronze in fall. One of Dodd's Confederate Series, crosses of Exbury azaleas with the heat-tolerant native Florida azalea

Rhododendron 'Admiral Semmes'

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Named for the famous Confederate Admiral Raphael Semmes, whose record of 87 Union ships sunk or captured remains unbroken to this day. Beautiful medium yellow-flowers with deeper yellow dorsal flares and pleasing fragrance in May. Very lustrous dark green leaves turn orange-bronze in fall. The handsome leaves are exceptionally mildew-free. One of a series of large-flowered, fragrant, heat tolerant cultivars, several named for famous Confederate personalities. They are the result of crossing large-flowered Exbury azaleas with the heat-tolerant, native Florida Azalea, R. austrinum.

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Name Rhododendron 'Admiral Semmes'
Nursery Only No
Plant Height 4-5 ft
Plant Width 4-5 ft
Zone 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Hardy to Temp -20°F
Sun Requirements Full Sun, Part Shade
Soil Moisture Average, Moist, well-drained
Bloom Color Yellow
Fragrant Yes
Bloom Season Early (April), Early Midseason (Early May)
Foliage Color Dark Green
Deer Resistant No
Wildlife Value Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Soil Type Sandy Loam
U.S. Native No
Habit Vase
New Offering No
Genus Rhododendron
Cultivar 'Admiral Semmes'
Common Name Confederate Series Azalea
Hybridizer Dodd & Dodd
Parentage ('Hotspur Yellow' X austrinum)
RareFind Exclusive No
Rare Plant Yes
Catalog Category Deciduous Azaleas