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Rhododendron 'Lee's Dark Purple'

Rhododendron 'Lee's Dark Purple' - Lee's Dark Purple Rhododendron - Photo courtesy of Sean James Consulting & Design

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

Interesting Notes:

'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.

Zone:

5

Height:

150-175 cm

Spread:

150-175 cm

Colour:

Purple (deep)
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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

Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Evergreen
Evergreen
Rock garden
Rock garden

Soil Moisture

Well-drained
Moist to Average
Average to Dry Soils

Growth Rate

Slow

Flowering Time

Spring

Habit

Rounded
Upright

Foliage Color

Green (dark)

Landscape uses

Specimen
Foundation planting