- Part Sun to Sun
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).
This plant is hardy in zones 4 - 8
Zones are based on the lowest average temperature an area is expected to receive during the winter. They are used to determine whether a plant is likely to be perennial in your area. If your zone is equal to or higher than the zone listed for the plant, it will be hardy for you and thrive in your climate.
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Welcome spring in style!
Be the first on your block with colorful blooms in spring with Black Hat® rhododendron. This very early blooming rhododendron is a confection of ruffled lavender flowers in the first few weeks of spring, each a rounded cluster atop a spray of leathery evergreen foliage. It's the foliage that gives this plant its name, in fact - its a very dark purple-green, reaching near black tones, especially in cooler weather. This gives in undeniably drama and chic and really sets it apart from other early blooming rhodies. Thick, durable blooms ensure longer lasting blooms over a longer period, too.
Top reasons to grow Black Hat rhododendron:
- Very bright purple flowers in early spring, when your soul is aching for color and life outdoors.
- Leathery evergreen foliage is a deep purple-green, giving it a handsome presence in the landscape.
- Flowers last longer than other early blooming selections.
CharacteristicsPlant Type:ShrubShrub Type:EvergreenHeight Category:ShortGarden Height:36 InchesSpacing:36 InchesSpread:36 InchesFlower Colors:PurpleFoliage Colors:BlackFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Colors:PurpleFoliage Shade:Dark green, with shades of purple and black, especially in cold weather.Habit:UprightContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to SunLight Requirement:SunMaintenance Category:EasyBlooms On:Old WoodBloom Time:Early SpringBloom Time:Mid SpringHardiness Zones:4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8bWater Category:AverageSoil PH Category:Acidic SoilUses:Border PlantUses:LandscapeUses:Mass PlantingUses:Specimen or Focal PointUses Notes:
Makes a beautiful specimen, or an elegant statement as a mass planting in the landscape. Quite tolerant of shade, which makes it a nice option for planting near the house.Maintenance Notes:
May be pruned selectively as needed - avoid habitual pruning or cutting back.
Like other rhododendron, Black Hat requires acidic, well-drained soils.Black Hat® Rhododendron x 'NCRX2' USPPAF, Can PBRAF