This plant was grown in Western Washington from carefully hand-pollinated seed. The seed for the parent plants was collected in the wild in Sikkim, high in the Himalayas.
R. barbatum’s bright, red flowers form a tight ball truss. The beautiful red, peeling bark on the gorgeously smooth trunk is lovely against the darkish green leaves. The medium-sized leaves have interesting little hairs.
In NW Washington you may see the scarlet blooms as early as Valentine’s Day.
This nice rounded shrub is hardy to 0 degrees F. It may reach up to five feet in 10 years.
This relatively easy-to-grow early bloomer will look great in your woodland garden.
This rhododendron will like: Either shade or moderate sun – mall amounts of fertilizer on Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day – gentle watering – well drained loose soil.