Rhododendron hippophaeoides var. hippophaeoides
Common name: 
Hippophaeoides Rhododendron
ro-do-DEN-dron hi-po-fa-ee-OI-deez var. hi-po-fa-ee-OI-deez
Rhododendron hippophaeoides
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Broadleaf evergreen shrub, 3 ft (0.9 m) tall in about 10 years, finally 4-5 ft (1.2-1.5 m) high, with long slender, upright shoots with 6 or more leaves per inch (2.5 cm), scruffy.  Leaves alternate, simple, 1-4 cm long and 0.8-1,3 cm wide, mostly oblong, oblong-lanceolate or narrowly oval, apex blunt or rounded, base more tapered, dark dullish green above, grayish below, both surfaces scaly; when crushed leaves emit a slightly acrid odor (Bean, Vol.III, 1976).  Flowers may vary in color, e.g., lavender-purple to pale lilac or rose, or darker blue to purple, saucer-shaped, flattish, about 2.5 cm wide, five-lobed, in clusters of 6-9; 10 or rarely 8 stamen, 1/2 to 2/3 the length of the corolla (petals).
  • –5°F, mid, 4/2-3/4.  [flower / plant & foliage / performance; scale 1 (poor) - 5 (best)]  Native to China, Yunnan and Szechwan.  Discovered by Francis Kingdom-Ward (1885-1958) in 1913 in the Chung River valley in Yunnan.
  • hippophaeoides: resembling Hippophae, Sea Buckthorn.
  • Federal Way, Washington: Rhododendron Species and Botanical Garden.
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    flowers and leaves

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