Purple Gem Rhododendron
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Purple Gem Rhododendron

Purple Gem Rhododendron

Gallon Size:
Gallon Size:
  • Young, affordable starter plant
  • May need to be transplanted into 3 gallon pot for more nurturing before planting into landscape
  • Healthy, mature plant
  • Ready to immediately be planted into landscape
  • Large healthy plant
  • Ready to immediately be planted into landscape

Rhododendron x 'Purple Gem'


This small rhododendron stands out in a big way--because of how small she is! The leaves are the smallest and most petite we have ever seen on a rhododendron, making the obviously rhododendron-shaped leaves look like a curio-cabinet-destined craft to sit alongside the other miniatures grandma keeps on display! Please, click through the pictures to get an idea of how they look in person. A true gem of a find, the foliage becomes bronzy in the winter after the prized showy purple flowers of the spring. This plant gets to be about two feet tall by two feet wide and is hardy into zone four.

Joseph's Take

Joseph's Take

Purple Gem is the most drawf offering of our rhododendron. It's leaves, flowers, and growth style is more like a drarf azalea than a traditional rhododendron. Purple Gem is very handsome when kept trimmed and planted in well drained soil.

Hardiness Map
Mature Height: 2'
Mature Width: 2'
Flower Season: Late spring
Sun: Full Shade
Hardiness Zone: 4 to 8
This plant is suitable for the low temperates below:
Temp (F)
Temp (C)
-30 to -20
-34.4 to -28.9
-20 to -10
-28.9 to -23.3
-10 to 0
-23.3 to -17.8
0 to 10
-17.8 to -12.2
10 to 20
-12.2 to -6.7

Be sure to use a well drained soil medium when planting any Rhododendron as they prefer fall planting with less watering than you might think. In NC our soil is clay so we prefer to use pine bark soil conditioner when planting Camellia, Rhododendron, Mountain Laurel, and Azalea.