Rhododendron 'Lee's Dark Purple'



Description

Height: 8 feet
Spread: 7 feet
Sunlight: full sun partial shade
Hardiness Zone: 5a

Description

An attractive broadleaf evergreen shrub with very deep purple flowers in spring and a broad mounded habit, quite hardy, good in partial shade; absolutely must have well-drained, highly acidic and organic soil, use plenty of peat moss when planting

Ornamental Features

Lee's Dark Purple Rhododendron is covered in stunning clusters of purple trumpet-shaped flowers at the ends of the branches in mid spring, which emerge from distinctive deep purple flower buds. It has green foliage. The large narrow leaves remain green throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Lee's Dark Purple Rhododendron is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Lee's Dark Purple Rhododendron is recommended for the following landscape applications;

Accent
Mass Planting
General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Lee's Dark Purple Rhododendron will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 7 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.