Lee's Dark Purple Rhododendron

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Stylish Color Lee's Dark Purple Rhododendron

  • Luscious Deep Purple Flowers in Early Spring
  • Attractive Dark Green Foliage
  • Wonderful Backdrop in the Border
  • Perfect Flowering Hedge
  • Important Nectar Source for Butterflies, Bees and Hummingbirds
  • Grows in Full Sun or Partial Shade
  • Broadleaved Evergreen
  • Well-Branched Shrub Gives Welcome Privacy Screen
  • Low Maintenance in Well Drained Soil
  • Tolerates Coastal Exposures
  • Urban Tolerant

Create a marvelous landscape with the soothing, deliciously dark purple blooms of this fantastic large shrub. The rich, bold tones of these blooms create a very memorable experience for you, your family and guests. You deserve it!

The larger scale of Lee's Dark Purple Rhododendron (Rhododendron x 'Lee's Dark Purple') can be used as a flowering hedge. Create "living walls" for a relaxing outdoor room.

The show starts early in spring. Plum-colored buds develop on long trusses above attractive dark evergreen foliage. Keep your eyes open for this special harbinger of the new growing season.

Watch as the delightfully clear, luminous amethyst violet blooms open. Every bloom is highlighted with a honey-colored "splotch" for added depth.

The broadly funnel-shaped blooms attract brilliant hummingbirds and butterflies alike. Lee's Dark Purple is a great nectar resource for helpful pollinators, as well.

With a great branch structure, the overall look reads as a compact shrub. You can keep it tightly pruned or allow it to grow out to its broadly mounded, upright glory.

You'll fall in love with this very versatile plant. Order Lee's Dark Purple Rhododendron today!

How to Use Lee's Dark Purple Rhododendron in the Landscape

These days, people across the country are using plants to boost their privacy. With wavy-edged evergreen leaves and a dense branch structure, this beautiful plant provides a year-round privacy screen.

Try a row of them behind your patio seating. Or, use them along the length of your fence or driveway.

To create a solid hedge quickly, buy the largest container size we have in stock. Plant them 4 feet apart on center, measuring from the center of one to the center of the next.

You can also use an old gardener's trick. Plant two "staggered" rows that are planted in a zigzag pattern. They'll grow together and touch to block out the unsightly views and sounds of discordant modern living.

Of course, those purple blooms are so restful. Create a retreat or getaway spot in your yard by planting "living walls" of a Meditation Garden or outdoor Yoga studio.

You'll be so proud of your amazing oasis. Use it often to unwind and recharge in with cozy seating and outdoor lighting.

Of course, Lee's Dark Purple can also be mixed in your shrub border. The cool tones of both blooms and the evergreen foliage makes an excellent backdrop for brighter perennials.

Try one as a spectacular specimen at the corner of your house. Plant at least 8 feet away from any structure for proper air circulation.

In the colder USDA Plant Hardiness Zones, give them a protected position to protect against winter damage. In the warmer Zones, they will appreciate some afternoon shade.

#ProPlantTips for Care

This shrub is a jewel, and like all gems, requires the right setting to truly shine.

Plant this in fast-draining, acidic soil for best performance. They grow naturally in the thin soil of a mountain slope. Replicate that in your landscape creating a mound or raised bed 18 inches tall.

"Mound them up" when planting. Leave several inches of root ball showing above ground. Provide a layer of acidic Pine bark or straw mulch over the root system.

Prune to shape, but wait until after the beautiful blooms are finished for the season. This shrub blooms on last year's wood, and you won't want to miss a moment of the flower show. Avoid any major summer or fall pruning, or you will remove next year's spring flowers.

Weed your plantings regularly, as the shallow roots won't like the competition. Keep these evenly moist and pull weeds just as soon as you see them appear.

Apply a good, organic, slow-release Acid Lovers fertilizer in early spring according to the product directions.

Order Lee's Dark Purple Rhododendron if you see it in stock on the site. They sell out quickly, as you can imagine. Enjoy!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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130 - 149.99 41.99
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Lee's Dark Purple Rhododendron Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Rhododendron x 'Lee's Dark Purple'
Type Evergreen
Mature Height 5 - 6 feet
Mature Spread 6 - 8 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Purple
Foliage Broadleaved Evergreen
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant No