Rhododendron 'Purple Gem'
More About 'Purple Gem'
- Lavender-purple blooms
- New foliage appears blue-green turning bronze in the winter
- Low, mounding habit
- Group: Lepidote
- Bloom Time: Early midseason
Seed Parent and Pollen Parent: minus Carolinianum Group x fastigiatum
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.
Purple Gem 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.
'Purple Gem' Characteristics
Soil MoistureMoist to Average
Average to Dry Soils