We first saw this rhododendron at a national Rhododendron conference where it was being presented for the first time. This unique cultivar is the result of the breeding work of Peter and Ken Cox of Glendoick Nursery in Scotland. The evergreen leaves are colored with red-purple on both sides, and are shiny as well. The foliage reminds one of the smokebush. The bell-shaped flowers are a bright red and cover the plant in April into May. We love the contrast of the red flowers with the chocolate colored leaves. This plant will make a stunning centerpiece to any garden, and is hardy to 0 deg F.Rare Variety – This variety is difficult to find anywhere due to these reasons
· Hard to propagate – many cultivars do not root easily from cuttings, but at a reduced rate thus making the plant rare.
· Hard to find – these cultivars are hard to find in the first place, probably because they are hard to root from cuttings