Rhododendron 'Boule de Neige'
Boule de Neige Rhododendron
Balls of Snow Rhododendron
rho-do-DEN-dron Fr.( bul.də.nɛʒ)
'Ball of Snow'
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- 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.