Rhododendron 'Cunningham's White'
Common name: 
Cunningham's White Rhododendron
Pronunciation: 
rho-do-DEN-dron
Family: 
Ericaceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Broadleaf evergreen shrub, 4 ft (1.2 m), compact, spreading.  Leaves dark green, oblanceolate, 10 cm long.  Flower buds flushed with pink, opening finally to pure white flowers with fine speckling of yellow-green or brown on the upper lobe, funnel-shaped, about 5 cm wide, clusters are lax and have about 8 flowers.
  • -15°F, middle-late, quality rating 2/3/4 [flower / plant & foliage / performance; scale 1 (poor) - 5 (best)].  Often flowers in autumn.  Tolerates slightly alkaline conditions and air pollution.  Propagates easily from cuttings and sometimes used as a rootstock for other rhododendrons.
  • Hybridizer: Cunningham (1850).
  • Oregon State Univ. campus: southeast corner of the Memorial Union.
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  • flowering habit, older plant

    flowering habit, older plant

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    plant habit, flowering

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    flower buds

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    flower cluster

  • flower cluster

    flower cluster

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    leaf