In 1981 a British expedition to the Cangshan region of Yunnan, China, brought back the seed for the parents of this heritage plant grown on the Olympic Peninsula for the serious gardener. We think this a particularly good form of an outstanding species rhododendron.
Leaves can grow up to 12 inches, with a thick tawny orange indumentum (that fuzzy stuff on the underside of the leaf). Here in Western Washington, you can expect a five foot tree in about 10 years!
When this plant blooms, the large white trusses will have purple spots in the throat.
Rhododendrons in the wild are under constant environmental threat – so YOU can be a part of preserving the gene pool of this magnificent family of big leaf plants.
This rhododendron will like: Light shade – fertilizer on Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day – gentle Watering – well-aerated soil – It’s hardy for western Washington.