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Rhododendron Midnight Beauty

Hardy Hybrid Rhododendron

Unusual very dark flowers

A medium-sized shrub with glossy, elliptic leaves that is covered in spectacular saucer shaped burgundy-red flowers throughout May. The flowers have ruffled edges and dark burgundy blotches.


This hardy hybrid rhododendron can be planted in beds, borders, or on slopes and looks great in cottage and informal gardens. It can be located in full sun or partial shade. Protect the flowers from frost damage.


This plant loves any type of soil that is acidic, so for best results use a good amount of ericaceous compost when planting.

Rhododendron Midnight Beauty was hybridised by Hans and Holger Hachmann in 1966.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Rhododendron
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available September - June
Season of interest Spring
Flowering May - May
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 100 cm - 200 cm
Plant width 115 cm - 140 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 50 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Acid, Light sand, Loam
Light exposure Part shade
Soil drainage Medium, Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. If planting in a bed or border test the soil to establish its pH. If the soil is too alkali it is best to grow your plant in a container. In either case prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig ericaceous compost into the base of the hole, if planting in a container use ericaceous compost to fill the pot. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site City garden, Courtyard garden, Patio container, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds, Banks and slopes

Typically available

From September to June