R. macabeanum

Many have called this plant the “best of the big leaves.” Its dark green, shiny, leathery leaves, some nearly a foot in length, always attract attention. A yellow mid-rib adds to their appearance. It comes from N.E. India (Manipur and Nagaland) and is a favorite in Scottish as well as Washington State gardens. It can grow into a open shrub, perhaps six feet in ten years.

Its large, yellow flowers with a purple throat and white indumentum on the undersides of the leaves are quite spectacular.

It is one of the more compact and easy-to-grow big leaf plants, but would like some protection against extreme cold. If you live in a colder region of our area, keep it in a large pot. You can move it to a garage on the coldest winter days.

This rhododendron will like: Partial Shade, small amounts of fertilizer on Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, gentle Watering. Protect from extreme cold (15 F?).