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Dandy Man® Purple Rhododendron

A showy broadleaf evergreen rhododendron with luminous purple flowers in spring and a mounded habit; bred to thrive well in colder northern climates; highly resistant to root rot; absolutely must have well-drained, highly acidic and organic soil

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
8 feet
Average Landscape Width:
8 feet
Growth Rate:
slow
Genus:
Rhododendron
Cultivar:
LAVJ2011
Flower Color:
purple
Flower Period:
from early to late spring
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Fall Color:
copper
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
moist
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
round
Canopy:
leggy
Pruning:
prune after flowering
Pollution Tolerance:
medium
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Evergreen:
1
Flower Bicolor:
pink
Flower Form:
trumpet
Flower Fragrance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Dandy Man® Purple Rhododendron is blanketed in stunning clusters of lightly-scented purple trumpet-shaped flowers with pink overtones and a chartreuse blotch at the ends of the branches from early to late spring. It has dark green evergreen foliage which emerges chartreuse in spring. The glossy narrow leaves turn an outstanding coppery-bronze in the fall, which persists throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Dandy Man® Purple Rhododendron is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

Planting & Growing

Dandy Man® Purple Rhododendron will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. You may want to keep it away from hot, dry locations that receive direct afternoon sun or which get reflected sunlight, such as against the south side of a white wall. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the foliage in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

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