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Purple Gem Rhododendron

Rhododendron x 'Purple Gem' (H-1)

SKU
00997
A handsome dwarf evergreen shrub with a dense habit and deep blue-green foliage that develops a bronze tint in winter. Prized for its showy trusses of stunning purple-violet flowers. Thrives in cooler regions but benefits from protection from winter winds. Very useful in border plantings or as a landscape accent.
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Keep soil moist, but not soggy.

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Botanical Pronunciationroh-doh-DEN-dron
Average Size at MaturitySlowly reaches 2 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeMid-Spring
Design IdeasThe compact habit of this versatile Dwarf Rhododendron lends a decidedly formal character to the garden. Plant in small groupings in front of taller shrubs. Line them up for edging or as mini hedges to highlight plantings of perennials. Ideal for massing under the canopies of trees with other understory species. Ideal for small city gardens, courtyards and side yards where space is a premium. The best plant for hiding bare legs of older Rhododendrons.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Cottage
Growth HabitRounded
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Hedge, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Woodland Garden, Urban Garden
Light NeedsPartial sun
Soil NeedsAzalea & Camellia Food
Special FeatureDwarf Plant, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Gift Plant, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsKeep soil moist, but not soggy.
Companion PlantsHydrangea (Hydrangea); Holly (Ilex); Astilbe (Astilbe); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra); Coral Bells (Heuchera)

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 and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-8

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