This plant was grown in Western Washington from carefully hand pollinated seed. The forebears of this plant live in NE India at 10,000 – 11,000 feet!
Eximium means excellent and the big leaves of this plant are just that! Rich golden orange indumentum on the underside of the leaves is a joy. But the top of the leaves have an almost equal dusting of orange fuzz! Flowers come in trusses of from 12 to 25 lovely pinkish yellow blooms. It could grow to a tree of 5 – 8 feet in 10 years.
We estimate it to be hardy to 15 degrees F.
This excellent big leaf plant will look great in your woodland garden or it will make a fine container plant.
This rhododendron will like partial shade, small amounts of fertilizer on Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, gentle watering, well aerated soil with good drainage, and protection from a deep freeze.