Rhododendron 'Purple Splendor'
Common name: 
Purple Splendor Azalea
Pronunciation: 
rho-do-DEN-dron
Family: 
Ericaceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Broadleaf evergreen azalea, shrub to 4 ft (1.2 m) tall.  Small azalea-type leaves.   Flowers 5 cm, vivid reddish-purple, double corona (hose-in-hose, i.e., flower within a flower), blotch in both flowers.
  • Sun (for flower production) to part shade (maintenance of flower color), fast growing.  In full sun portions of flower petals quickly (1-2 days) bleach to near white.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 5 (excellent hardiness)
  • One of the Gable hybrid azaleas, which are hardy evergreen azaleas introduced by Joseph B. Gable of Stewartstown, Penn (Galle, p.194; Dirr, p. 724)
  • Do not confuse with the rhododendron  ‘Purple Splendour’ (note spelling difference), which has dark purple blooms with a black blotch, tight cluster.
  • Oregon State Univ. campus: east side of McNary dorm; south of East Greenhouse.
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    plant habit, flowering

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    plant habit, flowering

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    flowers

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    side view of flower

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