Rhododendron 'Lee's Dark Purple' (R. catawbiense × unknown)
Lee's Dark Purple Rhododendron
- Broadleaf evergreen shrub, about 6 ft (1.8 m) tall in 10 years; upright, compact, rounded. Similar
form and leaves to that of R. catawbiense. Leaves simple, alternate, slight waviness, glossy, dark green.
Flower broadly funnel-shaped, 7 cm across, royal purple with greenish-brown to ochre marks
within; in ball-shaped clusters of up to 16 flowers.
- -15°F, late mid, quality rating 2-3/3-4/4 [flower / plant & foliage / performance; scale 1
(poor) - 5 (best)]. Partial to full sun.
- An old selection, developed before 1851, by John Lee. Lee was a pioneer hybridizer of Lee and
Kennedy at Hammersmith, London. The gardens of Lee and Kennedy were of such an extensive scale they were
considered national monuments (History of Rhododendron Discovery & Culture; website).
- Corvallis: along River Front Park, near (under) the Harrison Ave. bridge; planted 2011.