Healthy with beautiful blossoms was the last thing we expected from this rhododendron. It was old and had been in decline after doing splendidly for 20 plus years. I cut off all the branches of the seven foot bush as far back as I could with the intention of making it easier to pull out of the ground. Well, fall turned into spring and new life sprang from a tired old stump. Now it is vibrant and doing just fine.