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Dr. Tom Ranney
North Carolina, USA

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BLACK HAT™

Rhododendron

Rhododendron x

'NCRX2'

PPAF; 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)

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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.