Rhododendron 'El Camino'
Common name: 
El Camino Rhododendron
Pronunciation: 
rho-do-DEN-dron
Family: 
Ericaceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Broadleaf evergreen shrub, 5-7 ft (1.5-2.1 m), upright, stiffly branched, heavy stems.  Leaves to 14 cm long.  Flowers are dark pink with a darker blotch and spotting, 13 cm wide.
  • -5°F, mid, quality rating 4/4/4 [flower / plant & foliage / performance; scale 1 (poor) - 5 (best)].  Sun to part shade.  The parentage of this hybrid is unclear, and some think it is the same as the hybrid developed by Halfdan Lem known as 'Walloper' (Greer, 1996).
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  • flower cluster

    flower cluster

  • flower bud and leaves

    flower bud and leaves