Lee's Dark Purple Rhododendron
Rhododendron x 'Lee's Dark Purple' (H-2)
|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.|
|Mature Size||Moderate growing; reaches 6 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.|
|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.|
|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.|
This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-9
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We have been pioneers and craftsmen in the art of growing plants for nearly 100 years. Since our founding in Southern California by Harry E. Rosedale, Sr. in 1926, we have been absolutely dedicated and obsessed with quality.