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 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 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 bureavii   'Corrour'  AGM
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Rhododendron bureavii 'Corrour' 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. This fine selection of R. bureavii was sourced from the notable rhododendron collection at Corrour, Scotland. It is noted for it's thick...
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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. Our selected clone is propagated from a large plant growing at Crosswater which has great flowers and grows in a neat rounded habit. It has...
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 '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 traillianum
Rhododendron traillianum
Lovely white flowers flushed rose in a small upright truss in April - May. This is a handsome foliage plant with a glossy leaf surface on the top, and fine rust powdery indumentum on underside. Height 80-120cm in 10 years.Named after G.W. Traill (1836-1897), botanist and father-in-law of the great plant collector, George Forrest. Recommended for fantastic foliage. Easy to grow. Ideal position:...
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Rhododendron tsarienseRhododendron 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 wasonii
Rhododendron wasonii
Pretty yellow or pinky-white flowers with light spotting in April - May. This plant has ovate-lanceolate leaves with reddish brown indumentum on the lower surface. An attractive compact plant that is easy to grow. Height 40-60 cm in 10 years. Recommended for excellent foliage. Easy to grow. Ideal position: most garden situations but it does need excellent drainage. Habit: compact. Group: Species...
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Rhododendron wasonii var. rhododactylum
Rhododendron wasonii var. rhododactylum
(TALIENSIA H6) This form has pinky-white flowers with light spotting. April - May. Dark green shiny ovate-lanceolate leaves with thick brown woolly indumentum on lower surface, white when young. Height 40-60 cm in 10 years. Requires moist acid soil. A variable species, and it is unknown whether this plant should have varietal or group status. Found in West Sichuan, at heights between 2600-3000 metres,...
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Rhododendron wiltonii  AGMRhododendron wiltonii  AGM
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Rhododendron wiltonii AGM
Pretty white flowers flushed pink with crimson blotch in a tight truss. Flowering in April-May it is very free flowering with age and quite easy to grow provided it is not given too much fertilizer. Young growth of creamy 'candles' contrast with older deep green foliage and cinnamon indumentum on the underside of the leaves. Height 50cm in 10 years. Named after Sir Colville E. Wilton of the Chinese...
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Rhododendron yakushimanum 'Koichiro Wada' AGMRhododendron yakushimanum 'Koichiro Wada' AGM
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Rhododendron yakushimanum 'Koichiro Wada' AGM
Pink in bud opening to delightful white bell shaped flowers in May that have the appearance of apple blossom. Koichiro Wada has silvery new growth which turns dark glossy green, with dense brown indumentum underneath the leaf. There is a distinctive white covering (tomentum) on the top of the leaves. Height 50-75 cm in 10 years. This is generally accepted to be the best form of yakushimanum, selected...
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Rhododendron yuefengenseRhododendron yuefengense
Rhododendron yuefengense
This is a NEW species recognised by Chinese authorities (Rhodos of China volume 3). Pale pink bell shaped flowers on a dense compact plant, with attractive rounded leaves. It flowers profusely from a young age, and the flowers seem to last well. Height 75-100cm in 10 years, growing in a broad mounded habit. Unusual, and sort after. • Recommended for compact and lower growing.• Easy to grow...
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