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Azalea
Rhododendron 'Purple Gem'

Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rhododendron (roh-do-DEN-dron) (Info)
Cultivar: Purple Gem
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Category:

Shrubs

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Violet/Lavender

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

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

Chowchilla, California

Fresno, California

Winnetka, Illinois

Alfred, Maine

Dracut, Massachusetts

Mashpee, Massachusetts

Traverse City, Michigan

Portland, Oregon

Morrisville, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

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Gardeners' Notes:

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On Dec 15, 2007, jdiaz from Chowchilla, CA wrote:

This is a small sprawling rhododendron. I bought mine at wal-mart. the foliage is a dark purple throughout the year (which looks almost black against green foliage), but turns a vibrant magenta-purple in the wintertime(Nov-Dec) just before it blooms( which happens in Jan). I have found it quite drought tolerant and it tolerates full sun. Mine is growing in z9b CA.