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Exposure
  • Part Sun to Sun
  • 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).

Flower Season
  • Spring
Mature Size
36" 36"
Height
36"
Spread
36"
  • Details

    Features

    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.

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Shrub
    Shrub Type: 
    Evergreen
    Height Category: 
    Short
    Garden Height: 
    36 Inches
    Spacing: 
    36 Inches
    Spread: 
    36 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Purple
    Foliage Colors: 
    Black
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Colors: 
    Purple
    Foliage Shade: 
    Dark green, with shades of purple and black, especially in cold weather.
    Habit: 
    Upright
    Container Role: 
    Thriller

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light Requirement: 
    Sun
    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    Blooms On: 
    Old Wood
    Bloom Time: 
    Early Spring
    Bloom Time: 
    Mid Spring
    Hardiness Zones: 
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Soil PH Category: 
    Acidic Soil
    Uses: 
    Border Plant
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Uses: 
    Mass Planting
    Uses: 
    Specimen or Focal Point
    Uses 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
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