Rhododendron x ‘Midnight Ruby’ – Small Leaf Rhododendron – 3-Gallon
A complex hybrid involving the Carolina Rhododendron (R. minus var. carolinianum) from the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains and two species from Korea and Japan, the Dahurian Rhododendron (R. dauricum) and the Korean Rhododendron (R. mucronulatum). Midnight Ruby produces reddish purple blooms with a distinctly wavy edge. In winter, the foliage turns a mahogany so dark in color it looks black. Habit is upright, spreading with age. Hardy to zone 5 (–20ºF).