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 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 arboreumRhododendron 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...

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. Height 150cm in 10 years.R. arboreum cinnamomeum 'Everest Reunion' makes...
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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 argyrophyllum 'Chinese Silver'  AGMRhododendron argyrophyllum 'Chinese Silver'  AGM
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Rhododendron argyrophyllum 'Chinese Silver' AGM
Red in bud, opening to excellent clear pink bell-shaped flowers, with a darker flushing. Flowering in early May argyrophyllum Chinese Silver is an excellent clone that has attractive dark green silver-backed leaves. Height 125-150cm in 10 years. Recommended for wonderful foliage. Easy to grow. Ideal position: sheltered woodland. Habit: tree-like. Group: Species Rhododendron. Subsection: Argyrophylla. Introduction...
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Rhododendron balangense
Rhododendron balangense
(TALIENSIA H5) Newly introduced. Creamy white bell shaped flowers in loose trusses of 13-15 flowers. May-June. Thick leathery leaves with fawn indumentum on underside. Height 125-150cm in 10 years. Like other taliensia, this needs good drainage. Epithet: From Balang, ChinaCollected: NW Sichuan, China. 2400-3400 metresIt is unclear whether this plant should be placed in Taliensia or Grandia
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Rhododendron bureavii   'Corrour'  AGM
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Rhododendron bureavii 'Corrour' AGM
(TALIENSIA H7) White, rose flushed flowers spotted crimson or purple. May. A superb foliage plant, with thick woolly indumentum turning from white to rusty red. Height 50-75 cm in 10 years. This fine selection of R. bureavii has been sourced from the notable rhododendron collection at Corrour, Scotland.
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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 DM22
Rhododendron campanulatum DM22
(CAMPANULATA H6) Mauve lilac flowers, in loose but fairly compact trusses. April and May. Glossy leaves, with a nice dark fawn indumentum underneath. Collected by David Millais, Nepal. 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:...
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Rhododendron campylocarpumRhododendron 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. The lithograph is by Walter Hood Fitch. It is based on a sketch by Joseph Dalton Hooker whilst in the Himalayas and published in his landmark book,...
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Rhododendron cerasinum 'Cream form'
(THOMSONIA H5) Long lasting cream bell shaped flowers in May-June. An unusual colour selection from Ted Millais. Sparse feathery habit, with oblong glossy leaves. Height 75-100 cm in 10 years. Epithet: Cherry coloured (but this form is not!)Collected from SE Tibet, Upper Burma, Assam at 2800-3800 metresCampanulate flowers in pendulous trusses, 35-45mm long with 5 deep nectar pouches.Leaves 5-10cm...
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Rhododendron citriniflorum var. horaeum F21850Rhododendron citriniflorum var. horaeum F21850
Rhododendron citriniflorum var. horaeum F21850
Lovely loose trusses of orange red bell shaped flowers in April and May. Attractive thick brown or grey brown indumentum on the undersides of it's leaves. This is a plant that will appeal to enthusiasts and is rarely found in cultivation. Height 25cm in 10 years. This particular clone was collected by George Forrest during his epic trip to Burma, Yunnan and SW China during 1912-1914.Please Note: This...
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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 heptamerum 'Ho Emma'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. Recommended...
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Rhododendron denudatum JN 12291
(ARGYROPHYLLA H6) Only introduced in 1995, this is a new and highly prized floriferous plant, with loose bell-shaped pale rose to wine red flowers. May. Yellow brown indumentum. Height 150-180cm in 10 years.
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Rhododendron faberi 'Mount Omei'
Rhododendron faberi 'Mount Omei'
(TALIENSIA H4) Pink in bud, opening to white or cream flowers in April-May. Easily cultivated and free flowering. Indumentum develops on older plants. W. Sichuan. Height 60-80 cm in 10 years. Recommended for lovely early flower. Easy to grow. Ideal position: most garden situations. Habit: compact. Group: Species Rhododendron. Subsection: Taliensia. Introduction date: pre 1950 (1904). Species...
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Rhododendron flinckii
Rhododendron flinckii
A lovely plant with pinky or yellowy flowers in March-April. The leaves have a distinctive white woolly covering on top (tomentum) with stunning brilliant orange indumentum on the underside. A very rare plant re-introduced from Bhutan in 1990. Height 40-60cm in 10 years. It does needs well drained moist soil. Recommended for outstanding foliage and nice early flowers. Easy to grow. Ideal position:...
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Rhododendron galactinum 'Galacticus'Rhododendron galactinum 'Galacticus'
Rhododendron galactinum 'Galacticus'
(H6 FALCONERA) Pink in bud, opening to white flowers with a prominent dark crimson blotch in the throat. April. Cinnamon indumentum on undersides of leaves. Upright habit. Height 150-175 cm in 10 years. This is a good flowering form of R. galactinum selected by Ted Millais and growing at Crosswater Farm. It was recently much admired by species expert and author John McQuire who rated it highly.
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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 griersonianum F30392Rhododendron griersonianum F30392
Rhododendron griersonianum F30392
Bright rose to scarlet long conical tapered flowers and growth buds. A late flowering variety in June - July. It is not particularly hardy, so needs protection from early and late frosts. Lovely long narrow leaves with pale brown indumentum on the underside. Height 125-150cm in 10 years.Historically this plant has been used much for hybridising red varieties. It was named after R.G. Grierson, a Chinese...
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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  AGMRhododendron 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'
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 irroratum 'Polka Dot' BH2511Rhododendron irroratum 'Polka Dot' BH2511
Rhododendron irroratum 'Polka Dot' BH2511
(IRRORATA H4-5) Flowers are white and heavily spotted deep purple, suffused pink. March/May. Hairy pedicels, ovary and style. Height 125-150cm in 10 years.
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Rhododendron longipes var. chienianum
Rhododendron longipes var. chienianum
Newly introduced and rare plant with showy and floriferous pale pink to rose and purple flowers, sometimes spotted. Flowering in April-May this is a lovely plant whose lower leaf surface has thin pale brown indumentum, slightly thicker than longipes on this variety. Likely height 100cm in 10 years. Named after Professor S.S. Chien from Nanking, China. Recommended for showy pretty flowers. Plantsman...
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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 neriiflorum phaedropum KR9308
Rhododendron neriiflorum phaedropum KR9308
Striking bell shaped flowers are usually in shades of red but sometimes tawny orange or straw yellow. Flowering in April-May, this plant has long narrow lanceolate leaves with waxy white lower surface, and an upright habit. Height 120 cm in 10 years. Like most Neriiflora subsection plants, it dislikes any fertilizer and scorches easily. It is really a plant for enthusiasts that can be shy to flower....
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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  AGMRhododendron 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 orbiculare (Hydon BH1786) AGMRhododendron orbiculare (Hydon BH1786) AGM
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Rhododendron orbiculare (Hydon BH1786) AGM
(FORTUNEA H6) Rose or purplish-pink bell shaped flowers in a loose truss. April-May. Distinct bright green rounded leaves with heart shaped base. Height 80-120cm in 10 years. Best in a fairly sunny spot. Recommended for distinctive foliage. Easy to grow. Ideal position: most sunny garden situations. Habit: compact and dense. Group: Species Rhododendron. Subsection: Fortunea. Introduction date:...
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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 pierceiRhododendron 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 prattii
Rhododendron prattii
(TALIENSIA H6) Bell-shaped white flowers with red spots, April - May. Broadly elliptic leaves with thin indumentum underneath. Height 80-100 cm in 10 years.
Rhododendron pubicostatum
Rhododendron pubicostatum
(TALIENSIA H7) Trusses of light pink flowers. April-May. Excellent foliage with sparse brown indumentum on underside. Probably natural hybrid between R. bureavii and R. sikangense. Height 40-60 cm in 10 years.
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Rhododendron recurvoidesRhododendron 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 recurvoides (King & Paton form)
Rhododendron recurvoides (King & Paton form)
(GLISCHRA H7) White flushed rose flowers, with light crimson spotting. April/May. Dense compact foliage shrub, with bristly stems, and thick woolly indumentum on leaves. Height 25-50cm in 10 years. This neat compact growing form is the selected clone grown by Misses King and Paton in Scotland. As they were friends and exchanged plants with HH Davidian, the botanist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh,...
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Rhododendron roxieanum var. oreonastes  AGMRhododendron 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 sanguineum var. didymoides R10903
(NERIIFLORA H6) Creamy pink bell-shaped flowers flushed rose. March-May. Dark leaves have thin plastered fawn indumentum on the undersides. A low growing shrub, which likes a cool position with excellent drainage. Avoid fertilizer, as it is easy to scorch the foliage. Height 25-50cm in 10 years. Very rare in cultivation. This form was collected by Joseph Rock in NW Yunnan in 1923-1924
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Rhododendron sanguinium cloiophorum R10922
Rhododendron sanguinium cloiophorum R10922
(NERIIFLORA H6) Crimson scarlet bell shaped flowers, with 5 nectar pouches, in trusses of 2-6 flowers. April-May. Calyx lobes usually deflexed. Leaves with thin white or fawn indumentum. Best in cool moist situations with good drainage. It dislikes most fertilizers, so best feed very lightly with slow release organic feed to prevent scorching. Height 25-50cm in 10 years. . A slow growing plant, eventually...
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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 taliense
Rhododendron taliense
(TALIENSIA H7) Creamy pinkish white bell shaped and spotted flowers in April - May. Honey scented foliage. Thick tawny indumentum on the undersides of leaves. Height 80-100 cm in 10 years.
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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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