Rhododendron augustinii
Common name: 
Augustine Rhododendron
Pronunciation: 
rho-do-DEN-dron aw-gus-TEE-nee-i
Family: 
Ericaceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Broadleaf evergreen shrub, 6 ft (1.8 m), compact, upright, can become narrow and tall.  Leaves oblong-lanceolate 4-10 cm long, 1.3-2.5 cm wide, tapering to a fine point, dark green above, underside densely scaly (feels fuzzy), especially the mid-rib, petiole pubescent.  Flowers range from white to deep violet blue, usually with a yellow-green or brownish blotch on upper lobes, about 4-5 cm across, 2-6 flowers per cluster.  Color on the same plant may vary from year to year (Greer, 1996, p. 23).
  • -5°F, early-mid, 4/3/3-4.  [flower / plant & foliage / performance; scale 1 (poor) - 5 (best)]  Sun tolerant.  Native to the Hubei and Szechwan China.  Named after Augustine Henry, who discovered them in 1886.
  • Oregon State Univ. campus: east side of Weniger (those on the NE corner may be crosses, underside not fuzzy).
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  • along a garden path, flowering

    along a garden path, flowering

  • plant habit, flowering

    plant habit, flowering

  • flowers

    flowers

  • flowers

    flowers

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    leaves

  • leaves, close-up

    leaves, close-up