Rhododendron 'Midnight Ruby'
More About 'Midnight Ruby'
- Clusters of reddish-purple, trumpet-shaped flowers with a yellowish eye
- Glossy, red-purple leaves turn even darker in the winter
- Upright, rounded habit
- Group: Lepidote
- Bloom Time: Midseason
'Midnight Ruby' was hybridized/introduced by E.V. Mezitt, Weston Nurseries in 1973.
Seed Parent and Pollen Parent: 1973 cross #73-108 ('Olga Mezitt' x 'PJM' Group)
Predominant Flower Colour: Red, purple
Elepidote: Without scales, as opposed to lepidote. Large leaf.
Lepidote: Having scales. Tiny scales typically cover the undersides of the leaves. Small leaf.
Midnight Ruby 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.
'Midnight Ruby' Characteristics
Soil MoistureAverage to Dry Soils
Moist to Average
Landscape usesFoundation planting