Species Rhododendrons

Species Rhododendrons often have wonderful foliage, but are fairly specialist and are best grown by more experienced gardeners.

We pride ourselves in one of the best ranges of Rhododendron species in the country, and we try to propagate these from collectors' seed, or recognised good forms. Many new species Rhododendrons have recently been introduced, mainly from the Himalayas, and we include some for the first time. Many are well worth growing for their foliage alone!

Please note that the flower colour of some species can vary considerably from one clone to the next. eg R. campanulatum can flower from white to pink or deep lilac.

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Rhododendron aberconwayi 'His Lordship'
Rhododendron aberconwayi 'His Lordship'
aberconwayi 'His Lordship' is a good selection with white, tinged pink flowers that have lovely large crimson spots. Flowering in May-June it has wonderful distinctive deep green stiff pointed leaves with an upright habit. Height 120cm in 10 years. Named in honour of Lord Aberconway, Bodnant Gardens, North Wales. Recommended for great foliage. Easy to grow. Ideal position: sheltered woodland. Habit:...
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Rhododendron adenogynum
Rhododendron adenogynum
A rare plant with white to rose pink flowers, sometimes with purple markings, in a loose funnel shape. It is slow growing and takes a few years to start flowering freely. Flowering in April or May this is a very hardy species with attractive mustard coloured indumentum underneat the leaves. Height 40-60cm in 10 years.Typically the Taliensia subsection are prostrate or rounded and have a compact habit....
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Rhododendron alutaceum Var. alutaceum
Rhododendron alutaceum Var. alutaceum
(TALIENSIA H6) White flushed pink flowers with slight speckling in throat. April. Pale brown woolly continuous indumentum on the underside of the leaves. Tibet and Yunnan. Height 40-60cm in 10 years.
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Rhododendron annae
Rhododendron annae
Lovely white open bell shaped flowers, usually with purple spotting, appear in May - June. This plant has interesting dark green narrow leaves and outstanding young foliage. A bushy upright plant that is one of our favourites. Height 125-150cm in 10 years. Recommended for lovely habit and foliage. Easy to grow. Ideal position: sheltered woodland. Habit: upright. Group: Species Rhododendron. Subsection:...
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Rhododendron anwheiense
Rhododendron anwheiense
Outstanding pink funnel-shaped flowers with purple-red spotting that appear in April - May. This is a tough, free flowering plant that is frost resistant and has a compact rounded habit. Height 60-80cm in 10 years. Recommended for beautiful flowers. Easy to grow. Ideal position: most garden situations. Habit: compact. Group: Species Rhododendron. Subsection: Maculifera. Introduction date:...
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Rhododendron arboreum
Rhododendron arboreum
This plant has magnificent trusses of pink flowers in March-April. It has distinctive silvery to red indumentum on the underside of the large leathery leaves. The National flower of Nepal that will become a large tree in time. It makes a majestic plant that has the ability to re-grow from both the base and the trunk after a hard winter's removed. Height 150cm in 10 years. Characteristically, as with...
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Rhododendron arboreum 'Rubaiyat'.
Rhododendron arboreum 'Rubaiyat'.
Selected clone with good red flowers and darker spots flowering in March-April. It has distinctive silvery indumentum on the underside of the large leathery leaves. The National flower of Nepal that will become a large tree in time. It makes a majestic plant that has the ability to re-grow from both the base and the trunk after a hard winter's removed. Height 150cm in 10 years. Characteristically,...
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Rhododendron arboreum 'Tony Schilling'
Rhododendron arboreum 'Tony Schilling'
A selected clone of arboreum with lovely rose pink flowers in April. It has distinctive dark green pointed leaves with silvery indumentum on the underside. A wonderful large shrub or tree. Height 150cm in 10 years. Rhododendron arboreum subsp. cinnamomeum var. roseum 'Tony Schilling' is named after the retired Curator of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Wakehurst Place, in Sussex. Characteristically, as...
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Rhododendron arboreum albotomentosum KW 21976
Rhododendron arboreum albotomentosum KW 21976
(H4) Intense scarlet red flowers without any spots, in neat compact trusses, April-May. Distinguished pure white tomentum on undersides of leaves, petioles and branchlets. Collected by Frank Kingdon-Ward at about 3000m, on Mount Victoria, West central Burma in 1956. Height 125-150cm in 10 years. Formerly classified as a subspecies of R. delavayi. Relatively tender, so plant in sheltered positions...
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Rhododendron arboreum cinnamomeum 'Everest Reunion'
Rhododendron arboreum cinnamomeum 'Everest Reunion'
This plant has neat trusses of pink flowers in March-April. It has distinctive cinnamon red indumentum on the underside of the large leathery leaves. The National flower of Nepal that will become a large tree in time. It makes a majestic plant that has the ability to re-grow from both the base and the trunk after a hard winter's removed. Height 150cm in 10 years.R. arboreum cinnamomeum 'Everest Reunion'...
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Rhododendron argipeplum
Rhododendron argipeplum
Superb scarlet red bell-shaped flowers in a small truss flowering early, between February and April. A striking plant that has bristly branchlets when young. It has reddish smooth flaking bark and white, turning buff, indumentum on the underside of it's leaves. Height 80-100cm in 10 years. This species was redefined in 1996, formerley being known as R. smithii and R. macrosmithii. Recommended...
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Rhododendron argipeplum 'Fleurie'
Rhododendron argipeplum 'Fleurie'
Superb scarlet red bell-shaped flowers in a small truss flowering early, between February and April. A striking plant that has bristly branchlets when young. It has reddish smooth flaking bark and white, turning buff, indumentum on the underside of it's leaves. Height 80-100cm in 10 years. This species was redefined in 1996, formerly being known as R. smithii and R. macrosmithii. This plant received...
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Rhododendron bureavii  AGM
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Rhododendron bureavii AGM
Lovely white rose flushed flowers spotted crimson or purple. Flowering in May this is a superb foliage plant, with thick woolly indumentum on the underside of the leaves turning from white to rusty red with age. One of the most distinctive rhododendron species. Height 40-60cm in 10 years. Typically the Taliensia subsection are prostrate or rounded and have a compact habit. They need good drainage....
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Rhododendron campanulatum
Rhododendron campanulatum
Attractive white, pale rose or lilac flowers, in loose but fairly compact trusses. Flowering in April and May it has lovely glossy leaves up to 18cm long with a continuous fawn/rusty brown indumentum underneath. It makes a fine shrub/small tree. Height 125-150cm in 10 years. Recommended for outstanding foliage. Easy to grow. Ideal position: needs careful site selection, good drainage and not too...
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Rhododendron campanulatum 'Topper'
Rhododendron campanulatum 'Topper'
(CAMPANULATA H6) Pale lilac flowers, in loose but fairly compact trusses. April and May. Glossy leaves, continuous fawn indumentum underneath. Height 120-150cm in 10 years. Recommended for outstanding foliage. Easy to grow. Ideal position: needs careful site selection, good drainage and not too much heat. Habit: tree-like. Group: Species Rhododendron. Subsection: Campanulata. Introduction...
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Rhododendron campylocarpum
Rhododendron campylocarpum
Free flowering pale or bright yellow bell shaped flowers, with or without a faint basal blotch. Flowering in April-May this is one of the finest yellow species. It has a slightly open habit and will grow as wide as it is tall. Height 80-100cm in 10 years. Recommended for wonderful yellow flower. Easy to grow. Ideal position: most garden situations but it does need good drainage. Habit: open. Group:...
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Rhododendron decorum  AGM
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Rhododendron decorum AGM
Excellent scented trusses of white to pink funnel-shaped flowers in May. A magnificent plant with oblong leaves that are sometimes bronzy when young. A vigorous small tree that is easy to grow. Height is 180cm in 10 years. It will tolerate neutral and drier soils, but will perform best on moist acid soils. This is another variety that can take up to 5 years to flower, but we think it is so worth the...
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Rhododendron degronianum 'Rae's Delight'
Rhododendron degronianum 'Rae's Delight'
This clone has beautiful rose pink flowers with a deeper lining. Flowering in April-May, degronianum 'Raes Delight' is a tough, neat growing plant with recurved leaves with an interesting felty indumentum on the underside. Height 60-80cm in 10 years. Recommended for beautiful foliage. Easy to grow. Ideal position: most garden situations. Habit: compact. Group: Species Rhododendron. Subsection:...
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Rhododendron degronianum heptamerum 'Ho Emma'
Rhododendron degronianum heptamerum 'Ho Emma'
Lovely pinky-white flowers that are flushed red-purple on the veins and with spots in the throats. A tough clone, flowering in April-May, degronianum heptamerum Ho Emma has attractive felted indumentum on the underside of it's leaves. It makes an attractive neat plant. Height 80-100cm in 10 years. Recommended for great foliage. Easy to grow. Ideal position: most garden situations. Habit: compact. Group:...
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Rhododendron degronianum heptamerum 'Oki Koki'
Rhododendron degronianum heptamerum 'Oki Koki'
(PONTICA H4) Pink in bud, opening to white flowers with a deeper lining. April-May. A tough, neat growing plant with recurved and felty indumented leaves, from Oki Island, Japan. Height 75-100cm in 10 years. This plant was selected and named by David Millais from a batch of seed kindly sent by botanist Yuji Kurashige in Japan. It is closely related to R. yakushimanum, being larger in all parts.
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Rhododendron denudatum
Rhododendron denudatum
Only introduced in 1995 when collected for the first time by Ted Millais, this is a new and highly prized floriferous plant, with loose bell-shaped pale rose to wine red flowers. Flowering in May, it has beautiful yellow brown indumentum on the underside of its leaves and wonderful young foliage. Height 150-180cm in 10 years.A rare plant that will be of particular interest to collectors. Recommended...
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Rhododendron denudatum  EGM 294
Rhododendron denudatum EGM 294
Only introduced in 1995 when collected for the first time by Ted Millais, this is a new and highly prized floriferous plant, with stunning loose bell-shaped pale rose to wine red flowers. Flowering in May its leaves have lovely yellow brown indumentum underneath and the young foliage is a super silvery colour. This is a rare plant of particular interest to collectors. Height 150-180cm in 10 years.You...
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Rhododendron faucium (Berg 8605)
Rhododendron faucium (Berg 8605)
(H4-H5) Pinky white bell shaped flowers with purple flecks in April/May. Attractive showy bark on stems. Rare in cultivation, but common in the wilds of South Tibet. Height 120-150cm in 10 years.
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Rhododendron floribundum
Rhododendron floribundum
Distinctive pink to purplish lavender flowers with crimson spots and a large basal blotch appear in April. This plant has interesting deeply veined leaves, with yellow to grey woolly indumentum on the undersides. Height 150cm in 10 years. Recommended for striking foliage and nice early flowers. Easy to grow. Ideal position: sheltered woodland. Habit: upright tree-like. Group: Species Rhododendron. Subsection:...
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Rhododendron fulgens
Rhododendron fulgens
A choice plant with striking deep red to bright scarlet tubular bell shaped flowers in February - April. It has handsome dark shiny foliage with a wonderful thick fawn wooly indumentum on the underside of the leaves. With pinky-red smooth peeling bark and fantastic young growth, it really is a stunner. Height 60-80cm in 10 years. Recommended for excellent foliage and gorgeous early flowers. Plantsman...
£29.95
Rhododendron fulvum  AGM
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Rhododendron fulvum AGM
White flowers that are flushed pink and usually with a crimson blotch flower in April, very free flowering when mature. This is a fine plant with excellent dark shiny leaves (up to 21cm long) with a bright rusty red indumentum underneath the leaf. Height 150 cm in 10 years. Characteristically, as with most species, this plant does need woodland shelter and it does have lovely foliage but you will...
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Rhododendron fulvum AFF KR10084
Rhododendron fulvum AFF KR10084
Flowers unseen but like to be white flushed pink flowers, probably with a crimson blotch in April. Very free flowering when mature. This is a fine plant which is not quite as you would expect R. fulvum to look, hence we are calling it R. fulvum AFF (affinity). It seems a bit more vigorous, has larger leaves, but has not yet developed the characteristic indumentum on the undersides of the leaves. It...
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Rhododendron glischrum
Rhododendron glischrum
Pretty bell shaped flowers varying from pinky-white to rose-pink, usually blotched and spotted crimson on a fine plant. Flowering in April-May it has interesting bristly branchlets, petioles and lower leaf with sticky flower and leaf buds. A rare plant in cultivation. Height 100-120°Cm in 10 years. Makes a handsome plant with great foliage. Easy to grow. Ideal position: sheltered woodland. Habit:...
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Rhododendron haematodes
Rhododendron haematodes
Wonderful scarlet crimson bell shaped flowers in a truss of 12 flowering in May. It has a distinctive dense rufous indumentum on the undersides of its leaves. Height 50-75cm in 10 years. Probably one of the best lower growing species plants that needs to be well established before it will flower. It does need good drainage and some shade. Try to avoid using too much fertilizer as this will scorch the...
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Rhododendron insigne  AGM
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Rhododendron insigne AGM
A great plant with stunning pink bell shaped flowers with crimson spotting in May - June. It has distinctive pointed deep green glossy leaves with a silver/coppery metallic sheen on the underside. This is a tough plant with a neat bushy habit, particularly if grown in plenty of light. It does benefit from deadheading after flowering. Height 80 to 100cm in 10 years. Recommended for good foliage and...
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Rhododendron irroratum 'Polka Dot'
Rhododendron irroratum 'Polka Dot'
A super selection with striking flowers that are white and heavily spotted deep purple suffused pink in March-April. It has hairy pedicels, ovary and style. This irroratum Polka Dot clone is always one of the most striking flowers on the show benches at Rhododendron competitions. Height 125-150cm in 10 years. Recommended for striking flowers. Easy to grow. Ideal position: sheltered woodland. Habit:...
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Rhododendron longesquamatum
Rhododendron longesquamatum
(MACULIFERA H5) Pink to rose bell-shaped flowers, blotched crimson in loose trusses. May - June. Shiny dark green leaves makes a striking foliage plant. Height 100cm in 10 years.
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Rhododendron makinoi  AGM (best narrow leaf)Rhododendron makinoi  AGM (best narrow leaf)
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Rhododendron makinoi AGM (best narrow leaf)
A stunning plant with compact trusses of pinky white flowers in May and June. This selection has interesting long recurved leaves and dense fawn indumentum on the underside and lovely wooly young shoots. It benefits from staking and is certainly worth growing for it's wonderful foliage. As the name suggests, we think this is our best makinoi selection! Height 80-100cm in 10 years. Recommended for...
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Rhododendron ochraceum AGM
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Rhododendron ochraceum AGM
This is a rare plant recently introduced from Sichuan and Yunnan where it grows in thickets, forest, cliffs and on boulders. It has large freely produced rich or dark red bell shaped flowers during April-May. An interesting pale brown indumentum covers the lower leaf surface. We think it is probably one of the best new introductions of recent years. Likely height 60-80cm in 10 years. Recommended...
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Rhododendron ochraceum C&H 7042  AGM
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Rhododendron ochraceum C&H 7042 AGM
This is a rare plant recently introduced from Sichuan and Yunnan where it grows in thickets, forest, cliffs and on boulders. It has large freely produced rich or dark red bell shaped flowers during April-May. An interesting pale brown indumentum covers the lower leaf surface. We think it is probably one of the best new introductions of recent years, this one collected by Cox and Hutchinson. Likely...
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Rhododendron oreodoxa
Rhododendron oreodoxa
Red buds open to loose bell-shaped flowers which are usually pink, or pinky white and sometimes spotted. A lovely free flowering vigorous plant in April that is fairly frost hardy. oreodoxa meaning 'Glory of the mountains', we certainly agree with that! Height 150-180cm in 10 years. Recommended for outstanding early flower. Easy to grow. Ideal position: most garden situations. Habit: upright. Group:...
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Rhododendron pachytrichum 'Sesame'Rhododendron pachytrichum 'Sesame'
Rhododendron pachytrichum 'Sesame'
This selection has lovely white bell shaped flowers that are tinged purple in March and April. It has noticable brown shaggy hairs on young branchlets and petioles. pachytrichum Sesame is easy to grow but it's early young growth and flowers may need shelter from cold wind and frosts. Height 120 cm in 10 years. Recommended for distinctive foliage and stunning early flowers. Easy to grow. Ideal...
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Rhododendron parmulatum  KW 5876
Rhododendron parmulatum KW 5876
An interesting plant that varies in flower from white, yellow or red, sometimes bicolour and heavily spotted. Flowering anytime from March to May it has distinctive rugulose (wrickled) leaves. A rare species for the collector, which requires careful growing. Height 40cm in 10 years. It dislikes fertilizer and will scorch easily. You will note that the collector seed number appears in the name of this...
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Rhododendron piercei
Rhododendron piercei
Gorgeous bell shaped fleshy crimson flowers with dark nectar pouches in March-April. This plant has shiny rugulose (wrinkled) leaves with a lovely wooly brown indumentum on the underside. With an open, spreading habit it can be slow to flower but is well worth the wait! Like all Neriiflora, avoid using any fertilizers. Height 100cm in 10 years. Recommended for excellent foliage. Plantsman range. Ideal...
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Rhododendron recurvoides
Rhododendron recurvoides
A stunning and distinctive plant with white flowers flushed rose with light crimson spotting. Flowering in April-May this is an interesting shrub, with dense bristly stems, and thick woolly cinnamon indumentum on the underside of the leaves. Height 40-50 cm in 10 years.This is dense, compact plant that can be slow to flower. Avoid using any fertilizers. The seeds for this plant have only been collected...
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Rhododendron roxieanum var. oreonastes  AGM
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Rhododendron roxieanum var. oreonastes AGM
Attractive white flowers flushed pink with delicate purple spotting in April - May. This is a wonderful choice foliage plant with dark narrow linear leaves that have an interesting buff indumentum on the underside. This is one of the species most prized by Rhododendron collectors, due to its fantastic foliage. However it can be shy to flower in some years and it dislikes fertilizer. Recommended...
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Rhododendron smirnowii
Rhododendron smirnowii
Attractive deep mauve pink flowers in May - June, a very hardy species, from North East Turkey and Georgia. This tough plant has long convex leaves and wonderful woolly white young growth on a dense compact plant. Height 80-100cm in 10 years.It is named after M. Smirnow, a friend of it's discoverer, Baron Ungern-Sternberg. Recommended for exceptional foliage. Easy to grow. Ideal position: most...
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Rhododendron souliei
Rhododendron souliei
Thought to be one of the most attractive species plant when in flower, this plant has lovely white saucer shaped flowers flushed pink in May - June. A very beautiful medium sized shrub with metallic blue-green young growth and attractive rounded leaves. Height 80-100cm in 10 years. It does need excellent drainage, protection for young growth and will perform best in lightly shaded woodland. Recommended...
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Rhododendron stewartianum
Rhododendron stewartianum
White, yellow, pink or red bell shaped flowers often flushed a different colour at the margins or on the reverse. Flowering early, anytime from February to April. The flower colour is very variable and this plant is rare in cultivation. With an upright habit, it has peeling fawn bark. Height 120cm in 10 years. Named after L.B. Stewart (1876-1934), a former Curator of the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh. Recommended...
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Rhododendron taliense 'Honigduft'
Rhododendron taliense 'Honigduft'
(TALIENSIA H7) NEW ! Lovely foliage. An intense scent of honey, especially in the sun. Creamy white flowers April-May. Thick tawny white indumentum on new leaves. Height 80-100 cm in 10 years. This is a fine new selection from Germany. The name means 'Honey Scent', and you can smell the lovely scent of honey from the foliage when standing several metres away from the plant. This plant prefers cooler...
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Rhododendron taliense 'Woolly Dane'
Rhododendron taliense 'Woolly Dane'
(TALIENSIA H7) Creamy pinkish white bell shaped and spotted flowers in April - May. Honey scented foliage. Thick tawny indumentum on underside of leaves. Height 80-100 cm in 10 years. A new selection of R. taliense, 'Woolly Dane' has dense woolly felted indumentum in a cognac colour. This thick soft felt graces the newly sprouting leaves, the undersides and the shoots throughout the year. The...
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Rhododendron tsariense
Rhododendron tsariense
Gorgeous pinky white flowers with crimson spotting in April. A rare plant with superb foliage that has dense rufous indumentum on the lower leaf surface and sometimes on the upper surface. A lovely compact slow growing plant that needs good drainage to perform well. Avoid using fertilizer with this plant. Height 40-50cm in 10 years. Ideal for small gardens. Plantsman range. Ideal position: sheltered...
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Rhododendron wardii
Rhododendron wardii
This plant has lovely saucer shaped clear yellow flowers, sometimes with a red blotch, appearing in May to June. Wonderful blueish new growth opening to dark green oblong or oblong-oval leaves. This is definitely one of our favourites that we would highly recommend. Height 120cm in 10 years. It needs a choice position with excellent drainage to perform well.Named for Frank Kingdon Ward (1885-1958),...
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