ro-do-DEN-dron kon-SIN-um, kon-KIN-um
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Broadleaf evergreen shrub or small tree up to 15 ft (4.5 m), 5 ft (1.5 m) tall in 10 years; young shoots scaly. Leaves alternate, simple, 2.5-9 cm long and 1.5-3.5 cm wide, elliptic or oblong-elliptic, apex obtuse to acute or acuminate, base rounded or broadly tapered, dark green or glaucous green and scaly above, pale brown to dark brown below (from the densely arranged scales); petiole up to 1 cm long. Flowers, 2 to 8, in terminal clusters, widely funnel-shaped, purple or reddish purple, sometimes white, scaly on the outside, usually spotted with brown or crimson; 10 stamens, hairy at the base.
- –5°F, mid, 4/3/3-4. [flower / plant & foliage / performance; scale 1 (poor) - 5 (best)] Native to China, western Szechwan. Collected in 1886 by the Rev. Ernst Faber on Mt. Omei; introduced by Ernst ('Chinese') Wilson (as R. yanthinum) in 1904.
- concinnum: elegant, neat, well-made.
- Federal Way, Washington: Rhododendron Species and Botanical Garden.