• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 3 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Showy Spring Flowers
    Blooms:
    Late Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:roh-doh-DEN-dron HIB-rid
    Plant type:Shrub, Rhododendron
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:4 - 6, 15 - 17
    Growth habit:Compact, Round
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 3 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Late Spring
    Flower color:Purple
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Cottage
    Design IdeasPlant in small groupings in front of taller shrubs. Line several for edging or as mini-hedges to highlight plantings of perennials. Ideal for massing under tree canopies with other understory species. Ideal for small city gardens, courtyards and side yards, where space is a premium. The best plant for middle-front of the shrub border, where it can hide the bare legs of taller shrubs.
    Companion PlantsHydrangea (Hydrangea); Holly (Ilex); Astilbe (Astilbe); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra); Coral Bells (Heuchera)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide well-drained, acidic soil, rich in organic matter. Apply a thick layer of mulch to keep roots cool, avoiding the crown. Protect from harsh afternoon sun. Follow a regular schedule of deep waterings during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom.Pruning time: spring after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    dense-growing evergreen