Rhododendron 'Catawbiense Boursault'
Common name: 
Catawbiense Boursault Rhododendron
Pronunciation: 
rho-do-DEN-dron ka-taw-bi-EN-se
Family: 
Ericaceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Broadleaf evergreen shrub, 6 ft (1.8 m) in 10 years, dense and spreading habit.  Leaves elliptic, mid-green, rounded base.  Flower funnel-shaped, lilac purple with a few reddish or pale brown markings.  Ball-shaped cluster contains about 17 flowers.
  • Sun to part shade.   Tough plant that takes heat and sun.  Grows in time to small tree-size.
  • Selected from a R. catawbiense plant, possibly a hybrid, by Boursault in the early 1900's.
  • Oregon State Univ. campus: in island planting on Campus Way (Madison Ave.) at 9th St.
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    plant habit, flowering

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    flower clusters

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