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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

Interesting Notes:

'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.

Zone:

4

Height:

80-100 cm

Spread:

80-100 cm

Colour:

Red
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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

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

Soil Moisture

Average to Dry Soils
Well-drained
Moist to Average

Growth Rate

Slow

Attributes

Fall Color

Flowering Time

Spring

Habit

Rounded

Foliage Color

Red
Purple

Landscape uses

Foundation planting
Specimen