Scientific Name: Rhododendron 'Purple Splendor'
Common Name: purple splendor azalea
Family Name: Ericaceae
Origin: Garden origin, North America
Hardiness Zone: Zone 5: (-29 to -23 °C)
Plant Type: Broadleaf evergreen
Mature Size: 0.7 - 1.3m x 1.0 - 1.5m (height x width)
Habit: Spreading
Form: Oval - horizontal, Round
Texture: Medium - fine
Landscape Uses: Mixed shrub border, Perennial border, Sheared hedge, Spring interest, Woodland margin
Exposure: Part sun/part shade, Filtered shade
Soil or Media: Acidic, Humus rich, Well-drained
Leaves: Simple, Alternate, Leathery, Pinnate venation, Lustrous, Pubescent, Elliptic, Entire
Flowers: Flowers clustered, Purple, Red, Apr-May
Fruit: Aborted (hybrids) or absent
Key ID Features:
Small evergreen; leaves narrowly elliptic, up to 6cm long, dark green; flowers vivid reddish-purple with darker blotch should be hose in hose (specimen shown and on campus has the outer hose is partially formed).