R. facetum sometimes forms forests of small trees in their native China, where R. facetum’s bright, red flowers literally glowed through the fog on our 2000 visit. This Chinese beauty has recently been reintroduced to North America. This plant was grown here on the Olympic Peninsula, where conditions match the Chinese environment.
The new spring growth is covered with a tawny indumentum that streams away in the wind. Later, the deep red flowers come in bunches of 12 to 20 compact blooms. It blooms late in the season (June – August) and needs some protection from the sun. Enjoy!
Hardy to 15 degrees Fahrenheit, although a hard and fast number is not possible since hardiness depends on so many factors.
This rhododendron will like partial shade with small amounts of fertilizer on Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day – Gentle Watering – Well aerated soil.