Rhododendron 'Lee's Dark Purple'
Rhododendron 'Lee's Dark Purple' - Lee's Dark Purple Rhododendron - Photo courtesy of Sean James Consulting & Design
More About 'Lee's Dark Purple'
- Clusters of purple, trumpet-shaped flowers with a dark blotch
- Glossy, leathery, green leaves
- Upright, rounded habit
- Group: Elepidote
- Bloom Time: Late midseason
'Lee's Dark Purple' was hybridized by J & C Lee, Hammersmith, London, England pre-1851.
Seed Parent and Pollen Parent: catawbiense x unknown
Predominant Flower Colour: Purple
Elepidote: Without scales, as opposed to lepidote. Large leaf.
Lepidote: Having scales. Tiny scales typically cover the undersides of the leaves. Small leaf.
Lee's Dark Purple Rhododendron Growing and Maintenance Tips
Rhododendrons require constant moisture (but not standing water), a fertile soil with a low pH and grow best in partial shade. Any pruning should be done soon after flowering to ensure bud set. Plants can benefit from protection (burlap wrap) against drying, winter winds and sun in an exposed location.
'Lee's Dark Purple' Characteristics
Moist to Average
Average to Dry Soils
Foliage ColorGreen (dark)