Rhododendron 'Purple Gem'
Size: 30-36 inch
Growth Habit: miniature (12 x 18 inches)
USDA Zone: 5a
Exposure: filtered to full sun
Growing Conditions: evenly moist, well drained acidic soils
Parentage: (fastigiatum x minus var. minus Carolinianum Group)
Hybridizer: Hardgrove (1958)
Color Category: purple
Bloom Time: April
Comments: A small rhododendron with foliage resembling 'Ramapo', though the leaves are more rust colored. New growth in the spring has blue tones. The small clusters of flowers are a dark purple-violet. A selection that does well in colder areas.