Rhododendron 'Boule de Neige'
Common name: 
Boule de Neige Rhododendron
Balls of Snow Rhododendron
Pronunciation: 
rho-do-DEN-dron Fr.( bul.də.nɛʒ)
Family: 
Ericaceae
Genus: 
Synonyms: 
'Ball of Snow'
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Broadleaf evergreen, 3-4 ft (0.9-1.2 m), dense, rounded.  Leaves elliptic to obovate, 10 cm long, 5 cm wide, light green.  Flower buds are pink but open into white flowers, funnel-shaped, about 6 cm wide, flecked with a few brown or yellow-green spots on the upper lobe, in compact, hemispherical clusters; calyx very small.
  • - 25°F, mid, 3/3/3 [flower / plant & foliage / performance; scale 1 (poor) - 5 (best)].  Tolerates sun, is cold hardy, vigorous, has a good habit, and easy to grow.
  • Considered an "ironclad", an old hybrid, R. caucasicum × R. catawbiense.  Iintroduced by Oudieu in 1878 but still popular, especially in northeastern North America.  Similar in appearance to 'Cunningham's White', but it has broader leaves and its flower clusters denser.
  • Oregon State Univ. campus: along the wide path north of the Bell Tower on the east of the Library Quad.
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