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Rhododendron 'Purple Gem'

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Dense-growing, dwarf evergreen shrub valued for its large trusses of showy flowers. "Purple Gem" has azalea-like foliage. Prefers cooler regions but some protection from winter wind is helpful. Photo credit: Doreen Wynja


  • Partial Sun

  • Moderate

  • Height
    2 feet or less

  • Spread
    2—4 feet

Availability: Out of stock



Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Provide well drained soil, rich in organic matter. Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom. Keep roots cool with a thick layer of mulch.

Brand Monrovia
Botanical Name Rhododendron x 'Purple Gem' (H-1)
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Subtype RHODODENDRON
Foliage Color Green
Light Needs Partial Sun
Water Needs Moderate
USDA Cold Hardiness Zones 4 - 8
Height 2 feet or less
Spread 2—4 feet
Habit Round, Round
Special Uses Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Dwarf Plant, Extreme Cold Hardiness, North American Native, Showy Flowers
Landscape Uses Border, Container, Hedges and Screens, Rock Garden
Flower Color Purple
Bloom Time Spring

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