R. hodgsonii

This plant will slowly grow into a small tree with rich large green leaves. When it blooms, it will have flowers ranging from pink through purple red. The real attraction, however, comes in spring when the gorgeous silvery new growth unfolds with a dusting of metallic bloom. The bark is creamy to cinnamon colored, smooth and peeling. The indumentum (hairs on bottom of leaves) provides a silvery, distinctive look.

R. hodgsonii is native to Nepal, southern Tibet and Arunachal Pradesh. The plant is named after the Englishman B. H. Hodgson, a former East India Company Resident in Nepal.

Give the plant about 50% shade. Fertilize sparingly in February and May. Very slow growing, reaching around four feet in ten years.