Big Leaved Rhododendrons

Wonderful architectural plants with huge leaves up to 60cm long! These are choice woodland Rhododendrons needing the very best sheltered positions to allow them to grow to their full stature of up to 5 metres. As a bonus, flowering will typically start after 6 years.

Big leaved Rhododendrons are among the more tender of our range, but are well worth trying if you have the correct conditions. They are best suited to sheltered woodland in the milder regions of the UK, though they can also be used as feature plants in sheltered courtyard gardens. Winter protection is recommended for young plants.

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R. grandia KR9431 (subsection Grandia)
R. grandia KR9431 (subsection Grandia)
(GRANDIA H3-4) Unknown big leaf species from the Grandia subsection. Large leaves with indumentum. Will make a tree or large shrub. This plant is grown from seed collected by Keith Rushforth and is yet to flower. Colour is yet unknown but we think it is worthwhile for it's foliage alone. (Photo shows another grandia also collected by Keith Rushforth)
£26.95
Rhododendron auriculatum
Rhododendron auriculatum
Stunning pure lily white scented flowers, with a creamy eye in July and August. This plant makes a beautiful small tree with long pointed leaves (up to 32cm long). Height 180cm in 10 years. It does need shelter from heavy frosts and performs best in light woodland with an overhead tree canopy to protect the blooms from strong summer sun. The big leaf species plants have great foliage with the bonus...
£29.95

Rhododendron falconeri  AGM
AGM
Rhododendron falconeri AGM
This is a wonderful large shrub with deep red bark and wonderful matt green leaves up to 35cm long with a dark rusty red indumentum beneath. It has gorgeous creamy white to pale yellow to pink flowers in big trusses of 12 to 20cm in 10 years. One of our favourite big leaf species with distinctive young foliage. Named after H. Falconer (1808-1865) who was Supervisor at Saharanpur Gardens in India in...
£26.95
Rhododendron macabeanum  AGM
AGM
Rhododendron macabeanum AGM
This is one of the finest big leaved Rhododendrons for sheltered gardens. Huge yellow flowers often blotched purple with bright red stigma in trusses of up to 30 flowers flowering in April. The huge shiny leaves (up to 38cm long x 20cm across) have a wonderful thick woolly fawn indumentum on the underside. It has distinctive silvery young growth with lovely bright red bud scales. Probably one of the...
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Rhododendron praestans
Rhododendron praestans
Lovely large flower trusses, white or creamy-pink, occasionally rose, and usually blotched crimson. Flowering in April-May this plant has fine long leaves up to 38cm long with shiny silver/white or fawn indumentum on the underside, and a winged petiole. The indumentum is darker on the younger leaves. This plant is hardier than most big leaf species and makes a splendid specimen. Patience is the key,...
£26.95
Rhododendron rex  AGM
AGM
Rhododendron rex AGM
Wonderful pale rose or white flowers with a crimson blotch in April-May on a plant that will eventually make a small tree. One of our favourites, it has 30-40cm shiny dark green leaves with a pale buff woolly indumentum beneath. Height 150-180cm in 10 years. Awarded the AGM in 2013, this is one of the toughest and most reliable of all big leaved species. Big leaved rhododendrons have great architectural...
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Rhododendron rex  ssp. fictolacteum  AGM
AGM
Rhododendron rex ssp. fictolacteum AGM
Beautiful white flowers with a crimson blotch in April-May on a plant that will eventually make a small tree. It has shiny dark green leaves (up to 30cm long) with a pale buff woolly indumentum beneath. Height 150-180cm in 10 years. Awarded the AGM in 2013, this is one of the toughest and most reliable big leaved species. Big leaved rhododendrons have great architectural foliage which looks stunning...
£26.95