Purpureum Elegans Rhododendron

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Opulent Color & Evergreen - Purpureum Elegans Rhododendron!

  • Large Purple Flower Clusters!
  • Lightly Fragrant Trumpet-Shaped Flowers!
  • Gorgeous Dark-Green Leaves
  • Narrow Leafed Broadleaf-Evergreen
  • Hedge, Screening, Privacy & Foundation Plantings
  • Specimen & Accent Plant
  • Mid-Sized Shrub
  • Pollinators Galore!
  • Low Maintenance & Easy-Care
  • No Noted Pests or Disease Issues
  • Rich Acidic Well-Drained Soil
  • Tolerant of Urban Pollution

Drifts of opulent purple blooms! The Purpureum Elegans Rhododendron (Rhododendron catawbiense 'Purpureum Elegans'), sometimes called the Catawba Rhododendron, is a fantastic mid-sized broadleaf evergreen shrub that will be smothered in large clusters of incredible, rounded clusters of lavender-purple flowers!

Mildly fragrant, these large, mid-spring bundles of blooms will call early emerging pollinators and hummingbirds to your landscape, as well as many “Ooh’s” and “Aah’s” from those driving by! Each delicate trumpet-shaped flower features burgundy blotches inside!

Once the blooms are done, the handsome foliage remains a steady lush dark-green year-round for 4 seasons of color and presence among your other shrubs. Standing out against the dreary winter landscape.

How to Use Purpureum Elegans Rhododendron In The Landscape

An incredible spring show of this classic foundation plant will add immense curb appeal to your home’s facade. Tolerant of urban conditions and pollution, these are fantastic as a row separating your front yard from the street, or lining your driveway with evergreen screening.

Plant as an anchor on your home’s corners or to anchor a garage or shed, plus these are great anchors for garden beds.

Use as a backdrop for your other plantings! The steady evergreen presence highlighting your Perennial and Cottage beds and grounding borders in year-round color.

Pollinator gardens and Asian-inspired plantings are fitting areas for this wonderful mid-sized shrub! Adding color, privacy and peacefulness to your seating areas and patios.

Great screening and hedge plants, long rows or drifts of these hardy plants add lush privacy and definition to your property! These are great as an understory or where there’s some afternoon shade beneath larger trees.

#ProPlantTips For Care

Best in part shade or afternoon shade, Purpureum Elegans can handle some full sun only in the cooler of its USDA growing zones 5-8.

Preferring rich, organically enhanced, very well-draining soils, they must be in acidic soil. Pant in a mulched bed in soil that retains moisture, but doesn’t become overly wet. Soggy soil will cause root rot, so careful site selection is key!

If puddles remain on your soil after a rain or watering, consider elevating the planting area. Add 18 - 24 inches of soil above the native soil line and plant your root system directly in that mound.

Add Nature Hills Root Booster while planting for a life-long symbiotic relationship with the tiny feeder roots. For best results, fertilize your tree regularly with Dr. Earth Acid Lovers Organic Fertilizers.

Prune only after flowering is complete or you may chance removing next year’s floral show!

For incredible spring color on a fantastic year-round evergreen, order your own hedge of Purpureum Elegans Rhododendron from NatureHills.com today!

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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100 - 129.99 34.99
130 - 149.99 41.99
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Purpureum Elegans Rhododendron Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-8
Growing Zones 5-8
More Information
Brand Bower and Branch
Botanical Name Rhododendron catawbiense 'Purpureum Elegans'
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 5 - 6 feet
Mature Spread 5 - 6 feet
Sun Exposure Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Purple Lavender
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes