BLACK HAT®

Rhododendron

Rhododendron x

'NCRX2'

pp#31,898; CBRAF

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  • Dramatic foliage
  • Long bloom period
  • Early blooming
Description

Fabulous foliage.

Developed by Dr. Tom Ranney at NCSU, Black Hat® rhododendron is a small-leaved, compact 'PJM' type. What sets it apart, however, is that it is a triploid selection, making the rose-purple early spring flowers far longer lasting than conventional selections. Thick, dark, evergreen foliage takes on dramatic purple-black tones in cool weather. Grow it and see the difference!

USDA Zone
4 - 8 (-30°F/-34°C)
Exposure
Full sun, Part sun
Height
3'
Width
3'
Finish Time
1 season
Type
Evergreen
Bloom Time
Spring
Flower Color
Purple
Foliage Color
Black, Purple, Green
Liner Sizes
2 1/4", 4", Quick Turn

Soil

Cool, acidic soils with abundant organic matter and good drainage are required.

Pruning

Very slow growth rate requires little to no pruning. If desired, do so after flowering.

Uses

Woodland gardens; specimen; foundation plantings; mixed borders.

Growing Tips

Very early and reliable bloomer, even in cold climates.