Rhododendron 'Lee's Dark Purple'
Common name: 
Lee's Dark Purple Rhododendron
Pronunciation: 
rho-do-DEN-dron
Family: 
Ericaceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Broadleaf evergreen shrub, about 6 ft (1.8 m) tall in 10 years; upright, compact, rounded.  Similar form and leaves to that of R. catawbiense.  Leaves simple, alternate, slight waviness, glossy, dark green.   Flower broadly funnel-shaped, 7 cm across, royal purple with greenish-brown to ochre marks within; in ball-shaped clusters of up to 16 flowers.
  • -15°F, late mid, quality rating 2-3/3-4/4 [flower / plant & foliage / performance; scale 1 (poor) - 5 (best)].  Partial to full sun.
  • An old selection, developed before 1851, by John Lee.  Lee was a pioneer hybridizer of Lee and Kennedy at Hammersmith, London.  The gardens of Lee and Kennedy were of such an extensive scale they were considered national monuments (History of Rhododendron Discovery & Culture; website).
  • Corvallis: along River Front Park, near (under) the Harrison Ave. bridge; planted 2011.
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