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botanical name:
Rhododendron russatum
Rhododendron russatum © Deeproot Plant Base
family:  Ericaceae
characteristics: shrub, evergreen
height: 1.50m
width: 1.20m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: violet
stem/bark: brown
main season: Spring
poison symbol poisonous or irritant
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: acid
minimum temp: -18°C
USDA zone: 7 to 9
Compact, dwarf evergreen with small, elliptic or oblong, dark green leaves, scaly red-brown underneath. Small trusses of funnel-shaped, deep violet or blue-purple flowers often with white throats, in mid and late spring.

Moist, well drained humus rich acid soil. Prefers full sun.

other notes:
Introduced from southwest China by George Forrest in 1917.

Lapponica sub-section Rhododendron
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