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Black Hat® Rhododendron

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  • Partial Sun to Full Sun (At Least 5 Hours of Direct Sunlight)
  • Height 3 Feet
  • Width 3 Feet
  • Growing Zones 4-8

Black Hat® Rhododendron (Rhododendron x) has ruffled lavender flowers that are some of the first flowers in spring. They keep blooming longer than other early rhododendrons. The evergreen foliage is leathery and a deep purple-green, so it provides interest all year long.

This shrub was developed by Dr. Tom Ranney at NCSU. It has an upright growth habit and can be used as a border plant, in the landscape, in mass plantings, and as a specimen plant. Black Hat® Rhododendron is native to the temperate regions of Asia, North America, and Europe and the tropical regions of northern Australia and southeast Asia. It is hardy in zones 4a-8b.

Black Hat® Rhododendron Care

Black Hat® Rhododendron is easy to maintain. Plant in full sun or part sun. The soil has to be acidic and well-drained. The shrub prefers moderate to moist soil moisture. Fertilize with a fertilizer formulated for acid-loving trees and shrubs in the early spring as new growth appears.

The bushes should only be pruned selectively to remove dead branches and only after it blooms. Most of the time, you will not have to prune it at all.

Black Hat® Rhododendron Spacing

Black Hat® Rhododendron is a compact little shrub, growing to 3 feet tall and 3 feet wide. When planting, allow 3 feet between the shrubs, center on center. Also, leave 3 feet between this plant and other plants or structures to allow for proper air circulation and enough room for the roots when the plant is fully mature.

Black Hat® Rhododendron Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 4-8
Plant Type: Shrub
Sunlight Exposure: Partial Sun to Full Sun
Mature Height: 3 Feet
Mature Width: 3 Feet
Plant Spacing: 3 Feet
Growth Habit: Upright
Flower Color(s): Purple
Seasonal Interest: Spring
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Foliage Color(s): Dark Green, with Purple and Black
Features: Deadheading Not Necessary, Foliage Interest
Uses: Accent, Container,, Mass Planting, Edging Plant, Border Plant, Landscape
Plant Brand: Proven Winners
Botanical/Scientific Name: Rhododendron x 'NCRX2' USPP 31,898, Can PBRAF

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Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.