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Lee's Dark Purple Rhododendron

Rhododendron x 'Lee's Dark Purple' (H-2)

Pronunciation: roh-doh-DEN-dron
SKU #00957

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Description A hardy, compact shrub valued for its deep purple buds that open to large trusses of violet-purple flowers in late May. Dark green leaves with undulating edges nicely frame the colorful spring flowers and provide evergreen interest year-round. Thrives in cooler regions with some protection from winter winds. A great foundation or accent plant. Evergreen.
Light Full sun, Partial sun
Watering Keep soil moist, but not soggy.
Blooms Summer
Mature Size Moderate growing; reaches 6 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
Deciduous/Evergreen Evergreen
Special Features Attracts Butterflies, Easy Care, Compact Form
Growth Rate Moderate
Growth Habit Upright
Flower Attributes Showy Flowers
Landscape Use Border, Hedge, Privacy Screen
Design Ideas Few Rhododendron can compare with the size and intense color of this beauty. The broadly mounded, upright form makes an ideal background shrub that can cover utilities or bring down the scale of a stark two-story wall. Large enough for a privacy screen or a careful hedge to block undesirable views. Great as a single specimen accented with plants that won't compete for attention. Makes a great softener for prominent building corners.
Flower Color Purple
Foliage Color Dark Green
Companion Plants This large elegant beauty deserves equally stunning companions such as Pearl Maxwell Camellia, (Camellia japonica 'Pearl Maxwell'), Valley Rose Pieris, (Pieris japonica 'Valley Rose'), Ice Cap Garden Phlox, (Phlox paniculata 'Dasfive') and Bright Lights Plantain Lily, (Hosta x 'Bright Lights').
Care Provide organically rich, well-drained, acidic soil. Apply a thick layer of mulch to keep roots cool, avoiding the crown. Avoid harsh afternoon sun exposures and shelter from drying winter winds. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom.
Lore Rhododendron was named and classified by Linnaeus who named it from the Greek for rose tree. This genus also contains shrubs commonly called azaleas within its 800 Rhododendron species and thousands of hybrids.

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