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PlantFiles: Azalea
Rhododendron 'Purple Splendour'

Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rhododendron (roh-do-DEN-dron) (Info)
Cultivar: Purple Splendour
Hybridized by Gable

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Fall/Early Winter


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2 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive jackstangle On Apr 7, 2010, jackstangle from La Conner, WA wrote:

I have to disagree with PotEmUps photo. I think perhaps her plant was mislabeled (it happens ALL to often, I just saw 100s of clematis montana at Walmart ALL labeled as "Nelly Moser"). My Purple Splendor is about 15 years old & its flowers are a DEEP rich PURPLE. There is no doubt that they are PURPLE. Any way it grows really well here in WA.

Positive wallaby1 On May 16, 2006, wallaby1 from Lincoln
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

I bought this as a small plug plant in early 1999. Once planted in the ground it grew very quickly, it is reliable and very hardy. Leaves are small and pale green, and are covered in fine hairs. The flowers are approx. 2" in diameter, slightly frilly, with darker blotches on the upper throat. Flowers are hose-in-hose with only narrow back petals, which are also blotched. The colour of the flower can become bleached in full sun, but in this climate it remains a bright , light pink/purple.

The overall effect is stunning, I find it difficult to capture the true colour of the whole shrub from a distance, although the close up shots are quite realistic.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Atlanta, Georgia
Grants Pass, Oregon
Edison, Washington

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