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Not your average rhododendron! Small blue-green leaves provide a tidy backdrop for purple flower clusters in the spring.
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For many gardeners, rhododendrons are synonymous with massive shrubs covered in large clusters of springtime blooms, then basically a mound of large, shiny green leaves the rest of the year. While true in many cases, 'Ramapo' rhododendron is at the other end of the scale, with small leaves, small flowers, and a much tidier, more compact presence in the garden. Easily mistaken for an azalea, the leaves have a bluish cast in the spring that deepen to a blue-green, then take on bronze tones in the fall and winter. Generally growing to two feet tall and about as wide, 'Ramapo' is covered with small clusters of purple blooms in the spring, attracting hummingbirds and butterflies. This variety is perfect for borders, mass plantings, container planters and even hanging baskets, handling sunny locations or all-day dappled shade. The deeper the shade, the taller the shrub, and possibly fewer blooms.
|Common Name||Ramapo Rhododendron|
|Mature Size||2 feet tall, 2-3 feet wide. May grow taller in the shade.|
|Cold Hardiness||-20 ° F|
|Characteristics||Evergreen, rabbit-resistant, attracts humingbirds and butterflies. Leaves slightly fragrant.|
|Light||Sun to dappled shade. May grow taller in shade.|
|Uses||Woodland gardens, container planters, borders, mass plantings, hedges|
|Photos||Real images, not stock photos|