R. irroratum Ningyuenense Group

The flowers are creamy yellow and bloom season is fairly early in this form of the species. There are other forms of this species that are pink, often with lots of spots.

This rhodie lives high in Western China in shady rhododendron and conifer forests and at the forest margins. It can handle shade, but it also can handle some sun. It’s quite common in the wild, but its early flowering and growth could be vulnerable to frost. We grew it from seed here on the Olympic Peninsula.

It can be rangy as a youngster but seems to shape up with some age.

This rhododendron will like: Partial Shade to a fairly sunny spot, small amounts of fertilizer on Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, gentle watering and well aerated soil.