Shrub

Rhododendron 'Polarnacht'

Polar Night Rhododendron

Unique form, bud color, and flower color will make this Rhododendron an unforgettable landscape experience. Tight, low and spreading, this broadleaf Rhododendron will mature twice as wide as tall with a pleasing form that is perfect where height issues are paramount. Leathery, dark green leaves populate its branches and serve as the backdrop for striking, bulbous, branch ending buds that turn nearly black as they expand in mid to late May to expose the first glimpses of flowers color. When the buds open fully, frilly deep, dark purple flowers form huge trusses that cover the plant with this rare, very showy color. What a sight and what a perfect, well behaved plant for morning sun/afternoon shade conditions!

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