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Rhododendron 'Purple Gem'


Rhododendron 'Purple Gem' is a semi-dwarf, compact evergreen shrub with purple to violet flowers in spring. Hardy to zone 4.

Rhododendron 'Purple Gem' makes for a delightful specimen in the shady garden with a compact, dwarf habit 2-3 feet tall and wide. Evergreen foliage is finely textured, elliptical, aromatic and blue-green taking on bronze tones in winter. Spring brings brilliant clusters of purple-violet, trumpet-shaped flowers. Slow growing. Use in the mixed shrub border, as a specimen, in the foreground of larger flowering shrubs, in courtyards, on patios, and in container plantings. Quite hardy to zone 4.

Common Name: Rhododendron

Family: Ericaceae (The Heath Family)

Zone Hardiness: 4-8

Light: Part Shade, Part Sun, Full Shade

Height: 2-4'

Width: 2-3'

Primary Bloom Colour: Purple

Secondary Bloom Colour: Pink

Class: Evergreen

Type: Shrub

Bloom Time: Spring

Soil Moisture: Average, Moist

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: No



Deer Resistant: Yes

BC Native: No

Native Habitat: Sea level to ca. 5000 m, coniferous and broadleaved woodlands, temperate & tropical rain forests


Geogrpahical Origin: Americas - North America

Miscellaneous - Garden Origin

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