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Ramapo Rhododendron

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A dwarf evergreen shrub, covered in attractive tiny purple-pink flowers in spring, very low growing and compact, ideal for smaller gardens; absolutely must have well-drained, highly acidic and organic soil, use plenty of peat moss when planting

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
3 feet
Average Landscape Width:
3 feet
Genus:
Rhododendron
Cultivar:
Ramapo
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Evergreen:
1
Plant Form:
round
Canopy:
low
Density:
open
Growth Rate:
slow
Pruning:
prune after flowering
Flower Color:
violet
Flower Bicolor:
purple
Flower Form:
trumpet
Flower Period:
in mid spring
Summer Foliage Color:
green
Fall Color:
copper
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
moist
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Ramapo Rhododendron is clothed in stunning clusters of violet trumpet-shaped flowers with purple overtones and lavender centers at the ends of the branches in mid spring. It has green evergreen foliage. The narrow leaves turn coppery-bronze in the fall, which persists throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Ramapo Rhododendron is an open 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

Ramapo Rhododendron will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It has a low canopy. 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.

Ramapo Rhododendron makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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