Rhododendron 'Bruce Brechtbill'
Bruce Brechtbill Rhododendron
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Broadleaf evergreen shrub, 4 ft (1.2 m), dense, symmetrical. It is a sport of ‘Unique’ to which it appears identical until it blooms; compare flowers and compare flowering plants. Flowers openly funnel-shaped, wavy lobes, about 7 cm across, pale pink with light yellow throat. In spherical clusters of 10-12 flowers.
- -5° F, early-mid, 3-4/5/4 [flower/plant & foliage/performance; scale 1 (poor) - 5 (best)]. Sun to part shade; can take heat.
- The 'Bruce Brechtbill' rhododendron originated at Brechtbill’s Nursery in Eugene, Oregon. In about 1966, a single plant of 'Unique' at the nursery was discovered by Mark Bloom, now of Bloom River Gardens, to have pink, rather than the characteristic cream-white flowers. Bruce Brechtbill, the owner of the nursery, then propagated this sport. He died in 1973 and in the following year the new selection was submitted for registration under the name ‘Bruce Brechtbill’ in honor of the late nurseryman.
- Corvallis: along River Front Park, 1st Street.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: north side of east extension to Burt Hall (College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences)