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 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 glossy and leathery leaves. R. arboreum is the National flower of Nepal that grows into a fine large tree. 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, eventually...
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Rhododendron arboreum 'Stonefield Best'
Rhododendron arboreum 'Stonefield Best'
(ARBOREA H4) 'Stonefield Best' is recognised as one of the best red flowered clones of R. arboreum, and flowers in March- April. This particularly fine red was selected at Stonefield Castle on the West Coast of Scotland, and has excellent foliage with deep green leathery leaves, and a silvery sheen like indumentum on the undersides. Like all red arboreum, it is not as hardy as the pink or white clones,...
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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. R. arboreum cinnamomeum 'Everest Reunion' makes a good show in our garden and was collected by Colonel Charles Wylie, (David's uncle) who was in charge of logistics and Nepali porters on the successful 1952 Everest expedition. This selection has attractive...
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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 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 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 cardiobasis 'Pink Cloud' AC4221
(FORTUNEA H4) Large pink funnel shaped campanulate flowers with 7 lobes, in April-May. Distinctive large rounded leaves with a heart shaped base. Related to R. orbiculare. Height 50-75cm in 10 years. Requires moist acid soils.
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Rhododendron cerasinum 'Cherry Brandy'
Rhododendron cerasinum 'Cherry Brandy'
(THOMSONIA H5) Long lasting bell shaped flowers referred to by F. Kingdon-Ward as 'Cherry Brandy' - red and white. May-June flowering. Sparse feathery habit. Height 80-100 cm in 10 years. This bi-colour form was referred to by the great plant hunter Frank Kingdon-Ward as 'Cherry brandy', and the pure red form as 'Coals of Fire'. Recommended for long lasting flowers. Easy to grow. Ideal position:...
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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 decorum 'Greeneye'
Rhododendron decorum 'Greeneye'
(FORTUNEA H4-5) Excellent scented trusses of pinky-white funnel-shaped flowers with a yellow green eye. May-June. A lovely flowering selection of this vigorous small tree. Height 175-200cm in 10 years. Prefers moist acid soils, but can tolerate neutral and drier positions. This good flowering selection was made by the late John McQuire at his 'Deer Dell' garden, and features in his esteemed 'Pocket...
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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'
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 in a dense truss during April-May. A tough, neat growing plant forming a dome shape, with dark recurved leaves and fawn indumentum on the undersides. 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 from Oki Island in Southern Japan....
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Rhododendron floribundum 'Borde Hill'
Rhododendron floribundum 'Borde Hill'
Distinctive deeper purplish lavender flowers with crimson spots and a large basal blotch appear in April. This is a selected clone from the famous Borde Hill Gardens in Sussex, where Col. Stephenson-Clarke collected some of the best species available. It has interesting deeply veined leaves, with yellow to grey woolly indumentum on the undersides. Height 150cm in 10 years. Recommended for striking...
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Rhododendron fortunei 'Hachmann's Best'
Rhododendron fortunei 'Hachmann's Best'
(FORTUNEA H6) Deep pink buds open to wonderful large scented trusses of pinky white flowers, tinged with a yellow centre. The flowers are wide funnel campanulate shaped with 7 lobes, in lax trusses during May and June. This is the hardiest scented species, but it still needs protection from wind and late frosts. It is a fast growing plant that will start flowering after 5 years, and it's definitely...
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Rhododendron fortunei discolor 'John Elcock'  AGM
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Rhododendron fortunei discolor 'John Elcock' AGM
Very attractive fragrant pink flowers in May. fortunei discolor John Elcock is part of the Houlstonii Group, with earlier flowering and smaller, narrower leaves. A fast growing plant that flowers after 5 years. It always flowers well here at Crosswater Farm! Height 175-200 cm in 10 years. Recommended for lovely flower. Easy to grow. Ideal position: sheltered woodland. Habit: upright, tree-like. Group:...
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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. The rounded flower trusses are composed of 9 to 15 campanulate flowers each with 7 lobes, in April-May. This plant has matt green oblong leaves up to 210mm long and attractive dense cinnamon indumentum on the undersides. It is distinctive with its brown wooly tomentose young growth buds. The plant...
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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 longipes
Rhododendron longipes
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. Likely height 100cm in 10 years. Recommended for abundant pretty flowers. Plantsman range. Ideal position: dappled shade. Habit: upright. Group: Species Rhododendron. Subsection:...
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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 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 oreodoxa var. fargesii  AGMRhododendron oreodoxa var. fargesii  AGM
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Rhododendron oreodoxa var. fargesii AGM
Lovely open bell-shaped mauve-pink flowers with darker speckling. A free-flowering plant in March-April that is easy to grow. With an upright habit, it has attractive grey-green leaves that curl up in cold or sunny weather. Height 150-180cm in 10 years. oreodoxa meaning 'Glory of the mountains' and fargesii is after Pere Farges (1844-1912), French foreign missions in NW Sichuan. This variety has slightly...
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Rhododendron pachysanthum 'Crosswater'  AGM
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Rhododendron pachysanthum 'Crosswater' AGM
A superb foliage plant with silvery blue covering (tomentum) on the upper leaf surface, and tan wooly indumentum underneath the leaves that is silvery white on the young growth. Distinctive leaves and free flowering pinky white flowers spotted red or green in April and early May form a neat rounded truss. Originally collected from Taiwan, our pachysanthum Crosswater clone is recognised as one of the...
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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 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 pingianum EGM304
Rhododendron pingianum EGM304
(ARGYROPHYLLA H4) Fine pink to pale purple long bell-shaped flowers in May. White compacted indumentum on underside of leaves. Height 150cm in 10 years.
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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 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 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 suoilenhense      (seedlings from AC 4458)
Rhododendron suoilenhense (seedlings from AC 4458)
Picture of a 3 litre plant for illustrative purposes only (GRANDIA H4-5) Recently collected from Vietnam. Creamy white campanulate flowers with maroon basal flashes, in a rounded truss, April. Large foliage with indumentum on older leaves. Early intoductions to the UK have produced tall, majestic and fast growing trees when grown in good conditions. Height 150-175cm in 10 years. Requires moist acid...
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Rhododendron taliense
Rhododendron taliense
(TALIENSIA H7) Creamy white campabulate flowers with crimson spotting in April-May. Lovely foliage with an intense scent of honey, especially when rubbed or in the sun on a warm day. Thick tawny white indumentum on new ovate lanceolate leaves during summer, maturing to woolly brown. Height 80-100 cm in 10 years. This plant prefers cooler conditions, and the foliage can scorch in hot sun, so it is...
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Rhododendron taliense 'Honigduft'
Rhododendron taliense 'Honigduft'
(TALIENSIA H7) NEW ! Creamy white flowers with crimson spotting in April-May. Lovely foliage with an intense scent of honey, especially when rubbed or in the sun on a warm day. Thick tawny white indumentum on new leaves during summer, maturing to woolly brown. 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...
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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. A new selection of R. taliense, 'Woolly Dane' has dense woolly felted indumentum in a cognac colour. This thick soft felt graces the new leaves, their undersides, and the shoots throughout the year. The foliage is elliptic to oval, with quite...
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Rhododendron thomsoniiRhododendron thomsonii
Rhododendron thomsonii
Deep blood red bell-shaped flowers in April-May, on a stunning plant with interesting orbicular dark green leaves. As the plant matures, it develops into a superb large shrub with smooth peeling bark. Flowering will commence when the plant is growing well and aged about 6 years old. It often grows near streams in the Himalayas, but does need good drainage. Height 120cm in 10 years. Named by Victorian...
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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 traillianum dictyotum 'Kathmandu'
Rhododendron traillianum dictyotum 'Kathmandu'
(TALIENSIA H7) White flowers with a crimson blotch and crimson spots on the upper lobe, upright truss. April - May. This is a handsome foliage plant with dark green pointed leaves, and thin felty continuous cinnamon coloured indumentum on undersides. Height 75-100 cm in 10 years, growing eventually to around 3-4 metres tall. R. traillianum was named after G.W. Traill (1836-1897), botanist and father-in-law...
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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 ungernii Rachel FosterRhododendron ungernii Rachel Foster
Rhododendron ungernii Rachel Foster
**** Launched at Chelsea Flower Show 2019**** (H5) Pale pink bell shaped flowers in a domed truss, flushed purplish pink towards the wavy edges, and with greenish flecks on the upper lobes. The tall candelabroid umbel is composed of 12-30 separate flowers. Late flowering during June to August, so best in light dappled shade to preserve the blooms. Dense dark green foliage with whitish fawn indumentum...
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Rhododendron wallichii
Rhododendron wallichii
Attractive lavender mauve flowers in March - May, this plant has lovely deep green leaves with a patchy brown hairy indumentum on the underside. A dense, strong growing plant. Height 140cm in 10 years. Named after N Wallich (1786-1854), a former Superintendent at the Calcutta Botanic Garden. Recommended for beautiful mauve flowers. Easy to grow. Ideal position: most garden situations. Habit:...
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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 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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