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 anthosphaerum (Lidiping 3250m)
Rhododendron anthosphaerum (Lidiping 3250m)
(IRRORATA H5) Purple flowers, deeper at the edges, and sometimes basal blotch near nectar pouches. April. Colour is variable, but usually 6-7 lobed corolla. Long pointed leaves. Height 125-150cm in 10 years. Flowers tubular campanulate, 3-6cm long, in trusses of 8-15 flowers.Leaves 6-18cm long, 1.5-5cm broad, matt olive green, underside paler.Ultimately 1.5-9 metres highas shrub or tree.Yunnan, NE...
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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...
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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. 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 are variable...
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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. Height 150cm in 10 years.R. arboreum cinnamomeum 'Everest Reunion' makes...
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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   '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 campanulatumRhododendron 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 aeruginosumRhododendron campanulatum aeruginosum
Rhododendron campanulatum aeruginosum
A rare, low growing form with purple pink flowers in April. Chiefly remarkable for its intense shiny green foliage with a bluish metallic bloom and an interesting silky buff indumentum on the underside. This is a choice plant that is slow to flower, but well worth the wait! Height 50-60cm in 10 years. The lithograph is by Walter Hood Fitch. It is based on a sketch by Joseph Dalton Hooker whilst in...
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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 crinigerumRhododendron crinigerum
Rhododendron crinigerum
Attractive bell shaped white flowers flushed pink in trusses of 8 to 15 appear in April - May. This plant has interesting hairy new shoots, with fawn or reddish indumentum on the underside of it's leaves. Height 125-150cm in 10 years. Recommended for fantastic foliage. Easy to grow. Ideal position: a sheltered position, particularly when young, can be susceptible to bark split in frost. Habit:...
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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 '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 facetum
Rhododendron facetum
(PARISHIA H4) Recently collected. Wonderful lax scarlet bell shaped flowers appear in June-July. A superb late flowering red, with indumentum starting white and maturing light brown. The seed for this particular plant was collected at the high altitude of 3,600 metres so it should prove much hardier than previous introductions, but it still requires a sheltered position as young growth can be susceptible...

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 fulgensRhododendron 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. The lithograph is by Walter Hood Fitch. It is based on a sketch by Joseph...
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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 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' 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 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 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 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 principis 'Lost Horizon' KW 5656
Rhododendron principis 'Lost Horizon' KW 5656
A lovely clone with pretty white bell shaped flowers suffused red-purple, spotted red. Flowering in March - April principis 'Lost Horizon' has long dark green, slightly pointed shiny leaves with thick white to fawn indumentum on the underside. A super foliage plant that needs some protection from early frosts and good drainage. Height 140cm in 10 years.You will note that the collector seed number appears...
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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 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 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 suoilenhense      (seedlings from CWT 6498)Rhododendron suoilenhense      (seedlings from CWT 6498)
Rhododendron suoilenhense (seedlings from CWT 6498)
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 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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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 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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