R. kiusianum 'purple form'
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A native to southern Japan, this rhododendron species is found growing in open woodlands on hillsides at elevations of 1800-2400 feet. It is a low and spreading plant that looks much like our Uva-ursi native, but having 1 inch lavender-purple flowers in spring. The leaves are small and rounded, shiny, and a dark bronzy-green. One can expect this plant to eventually be a bit over 12 inches high x 3-4 ft across. The name refers to the Japanese island of Kyushu. Hardy to -10 deg F.