Purple often ignites passion in the garden – some gardeners adore this color while others really don't care for it. If you love purple, this is one of the best cultivars. In early June, Rhododendron 'Azurro' has flowers of bright red-purple, accented with a prominent dark red-purple blotch. They are held above leaves of dark, glossy green on this very compact shrub.
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: cream, silver, gold
Great Color Partners: bronze, dark green, chartreuse
Culture NotesThis rhododendron is easy to grow in the Pacific Northwest. Plant it in rich well-drained or sandy soil in a location with full sun to light or open shade. Rhododendrons are shallow-rooted plants requiring regular watering during dry weather. Faded flowers can be removed to give a cleaner look and new growth can be pinched to help make young plants bushier. Adult root weevils can chew on their leaves, but this is less of a problem on plants that receive more light and regular watering.
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Plant Type: shrub
Foliage Type: evergreen
Plant Height: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 m.)
Plant Width/Spread: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 m.)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9
Flower Color: purple
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade
Water Requirements: frequent to regular watering