R. faucium

This plant is native to SE Tibet, where a horizontally growing branch gave three of us a secure (and dry) perch for eating our lunch.

Here’s a plant to grow for its bark. A wonderful, peeling, smooth, reddish-brown trunk will remind you of our native Pacific Madrona. Leaves are smooth and about 3 – 5 inches long. The new growth comes out bronze.

The bright, pink flowers are just a bonus on this “a-peeling” rhodie. It will grow to a large shrub or small tree in your woodland garden.

This rhododendron will like: a mix of sun and shade, small amounts of fertilizer on Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, gentle watering with well aerated soil.