Plant Catalog - RHODODENDRON PURPLE GEM
RHODODENDRON PURPLE GEM
Rhododendron 'Purple Gem'
Purple Gem Rhododendron
An evergreen shrub with a dense, compact habit. Early to mid spring bloom. Funnel-shaped flowers grow in globe-shaped trusses. Flowers are light violet-blue. Attracts butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. Small, dark green leaves are elliptic and leathery. Foliage emerges blue-green and takes on bronze-rust tones in winter. Ironclad hybrid withstands cold. Hardy to -20 degrees F. Needs acidic soil, pH 4.5 - 6.0.
USDA zones: 5 - 9
Sunset zones: 4 - 6, 15 - 17
Mature size: 2 - 3 feet high and wide
Light needs: filtered sunlight
Water needs: regular to ample water