Dwarf Purple Rhododendron
Dwarf Purple Rhododendron flowers
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Height: 24 inches
Spread: 24 inches
Hardiness Zone: 4b
A very compact, mounded dwarf variety with stunning purple-blue flowers in mid-spring; perfect for rock gardens or small borders; absolutely must have well-drained, highly acidic and organic soil, use plenty of peat moss when planting
Dwarf Purple Rhododendron is covered in stunning clusters of purple trumpet-shaped flowers with blue overtones at the ends of the branches in mid spring. It has grayish green foliage. The tiny oval leaves remain grayish green throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Dwarf Purple Rhododendron is an open multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a mounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.
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.
Dwarf Purple Rhododendron is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Rock/Alpine Gardens
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Dwarf Purple Rhododendron will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. It has a low canopy. 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 species is not originally from North America.