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Dwarf Rhododendron Rhododendron impeditum

Other plants called Dwarf Rhododendron:

Previously known as:

  • Rhododendron impeditum 'Impeditum'
Phonetic Spelling
roh-do-DEN-dron im-ped-EYE-tum
Description

Dwarf Purple Rhododendron is a compact slow-growing flowering evergreen shrub in with spectacular purple flowers that cover the plant in the spring.  It has tiny leathery gray-green leaves that provide year-round interest. It prefers full sun to partial shade in well-drained acidic, high organic matter soils.    Plant it is small groups in border fronts, in rock or woodland gardens.  Plant it at about 15" apart and the plants will grow together to form a dense groundcover.    This plant is often chosen for bonsai.  It is resistant to damage by deer.

 

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Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Tiny Cloud'
'Tiny Cloud'
Tags:
#showy flowers#purple flowers#slow growing#fragrant leaves#bonsai#spring flowers#dwarf#year-round interest#edging#rock gardens#borders#leathery leaves#border front#small group plantings#compact habit#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses#tiny leaves#woodlands
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Tiny Cloud'
'Tiny Cloud'
Tags:
#showy flowers#purple flowers#slow growing#fragrant leaves#bonsai#spring flowers#dwarf#year-round interest#edging#rock gardens#borders#leathery leaves#border front#small group plantings#compact habit#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses#tiny leaves#woodlands
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Rhododendron
    Species:
    impeditum
    Family:
    Ericaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Mounding
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    1" blue-purple flowers completely cover the shrub in the spring
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Fragrant, simple leathery gray-green leaves withe entire margins.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Small groups
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Problems:
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses