Rhododendron Marcel Meynard (or Menard) Rhododendron Marcel Meynard, or to give it its full botanical name, Rhododendron Monsieur Marcel Méynard is a showy evergreen cultivar that belongs to the family of larger Elepidote Hybrids. Larger Elepidote hybrids are what we would normally think of as typical rhododendrons: they are characterised by their medium to large size and spectacular flowers borne on large trusses.
Rhododendron Marcel Menard boasts masses of deep purple-violet blossoms with greenish speckles at the throat. Flowers are produced in trusses up to 15. This variety is a late flowerer, so you can expect the beautiful blossoms to appear on the shrub around May or June, depending on the climate. The small, dark green leaves will provide a perfect backdrop for the profusion of showy flowers.
As a testament to its great qualities and optimal performance in the United Kingdom, Rhododendron Marcel Menard won the prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM) by the Royal Horticultural Society.
Height and Spread of Rhododendron Marcel Meynard A medium to large evergreen hybrid with a moderate growth rate, Rhododendron Marcel Menard can achieve a maximum height of up to 4 metres.
How Hardy is Rhododendron Marcel Meynard? Tough and adaptable, Rhododendron Marcel Menard is fully hardy in all of the United Kingdom and even northern Europe. This evergreen shrub can withstand temperatures up to -20 degrees Celsius.
How To Use Rhododendron Marcel Meynard Rhododendrons make a great addition to any garden: easy to grow and to care for, they add visual interest without asking much in return. Rhododendron Marcel Menard will make an excellent lawn specimen when planted on its own, and add a burst of colour in late spring when included in a mixed shrub border.
How To Care For Rhododendron Marcel Meynard Versatile and undemanding, Rhododendron Marcel Menard will be no more challenging to grow than any other rhododendron. Same as his relatives, this evergreen hybrid will also require acidic soil. Plant Rhododendron Marcel Menard in a sheltered location in partial shade. While it will tolerate full sun, it does prefer shade.