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Rhododendron Dandy Man® Purple

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Disease resistant & cold hardy to Zone 4

This beautiful evergreen shrub is disease resistant and very adaptable

Well, it's about time! Finally, gardeners in Maine, New Hampshire, and other parts of New England can grow and enjoy a beautiful rhododendron with reliable bloomability and a very cold hardy evergreen habit. A Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs variety, Dandy Man® Purple rhododendron is here to show us what cold resistance looks like—and we love the view.

This very large, vigorous shrub has R. pseudochrysanthum in its parentage, which is responsible for its tolerance of very cold temperatures. That species is found growing in high elevations in Taiwan, sometimes even above the tree line, so it is perfectly capable of handling the snowfalls of Zone 4.

Purple Dandy Man is a magnificent presence in any setting. Expect it to shoot up 6 to 8 feet high and wide, with somewhat stiff, durable green leaves and excellent branching, to form a mounding, rounded silhouette. It will need full sun in northern climates, but it appreciates a bit of shade farther south and west.

Best of all, Purple Dandy Man greets spring with big trusses of light purple blooms. Expect anywhere from 5 to 20 2-inch flowers in every cluster, a rounded bouquet of blooms that bees and butterflies love. Often blooming over Easter, this is one of the standouts of the spring garden.

Purple Dandy Man is very low maintenance but do be careful of its shallow root system. Mulch it in well and avoid the temptation to grow anything beneath or in front of this shrub. Once planted, it will not want to be moved. On the other hand, it is long-lived and trouble-free, with excellent resistance to phytophthora, the blight that has troubled some other types of rhodies.

This shrub blooms on old wood, which means that if you must prune it (and pruning is necessary only if you want to shape the plant; it has a naturally symmetrical habit), do so right after the flowers pass in late spring. It will need the growing season to mature its stems, creating "old wood" for next spring.

Purple Dandy Man was introduced by plantsman Joe Parks, and we are delighted to make it available to Park gardeners this season. Give it a try and we think you will be charmed by its beauty, its resilience, and its evergreen presence in the garden.


Skip Product Specs
Genus Rhododendron
Species hybrid
Variety 'LAVJ2011'
ppaf PP26976
Item Form 1-Quart
Zone 4 - 8
Bloom Start to End Early Spring - Late Spring
Habit Mound-shaped
Plant Height 8 ft
Plant Width 8 ft
Additional Characteristics Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Evergreen, Flower
Bloom Color Purple
Foliage Color Dark Green
Light Requirements Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Cold Hardy, Disease Resistant
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Beds, Border, Foliage Interest, Hedge, Privacy, Specimen
Restrictions *Due to state restrictions we cannot ship to the following:
Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Idaho

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