Rhododendron Purple Pillow is an evergreen compact dwarf rhododendron with stunning purple flowers. Its suits small garden and containers.
Rhododendron Purple Pillow is a cultivar of Rhododendron Russatum which are native to high altitude areas of south-central China and Myanmar. This Purple Pillow variety is a mound-forming shrub with small oblong dark green leaves that create a dramatic backdrop for its bright flowers. Blooms appear April to May in clusters of small funnel-shaped flowers that range from deep purple to lilac-pink. It’s a beautiful rhododendron that covers its branches in blooms that remain for 2-3 weeks. In Autumn a second flush of blooms can appear.
Height and Spread Rhododendron Purple Pillow This is a low growing rhododendron that won’t get taller than 50 cms but can spread to a metre.
How Hardy Is Rhododendron Purple Pillow Purple Pillow is frost hardy down to minus temperatures if the roots are well-drained. It doesn’t like deep shade but prefers bright warm sunshine.
How To Use Rhododendron Purple Pillow This low growing mound-forming rhododendron looks good at the front of an acid-based border as it doesn’t get too large. It suits courtyard gardens, Japanese gardens, rock gardens and fills a cottage style garden with colour in April. You can grow this hardy rhododendron in a large well-watered container, but be sure to regularly water and feed it.
How To Care For Rhododendron Purple Pillow Purple Pillow needs rich, acidic soil with good drainage so add ericaceous compost and mulch each year if your soil is poor or chalky. You can also grow it in a large container of ericaceous compost if you regularly apply water and rhododendron feed, but be sure not to bury the roots too deeply as rhododendrons are shallow-rooted shrubs. This rhododendron enjoys sunlight as it is an alpine variety. It does best in a spot that’s sheltered from harsh winds with plenty of warm sunshine. There’s no need to prune Purple Pillow as it naturally grows in a low mounded form, but if you want to restrict the size, trim branch tips in late winter before any new growth appears in early spring.