Rhododendron mucronulatum 'Cornell Pink'
Common name: 
Cornell Pink Azalea
Pronunciation: 
rho-do-DEN-dron mew-kron-ew-lah-tum
Family: 
Ericaceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Open, upright, deciduous shrub to about 5 ft (1.5 m).  Leaves 4-6 cm long, thin, lance shaped, bristles parallel to the upper surface toward the margins, at least when young.  Flowers are wide funnel-shaped, to about 3-4 cm across, clear, light pink.  Flowers appear in late winter well ahead of the leaves [“a real winter spirit-lifter”, H.E. Greer].

  • - 15°F, very early; quality rating: 3-4/3/3 [flower / plant & foliage / performance; scale 1 (poor) - 5 (best)].  
  • The species is native to Korea, Mongolia, Russia, and parts of northern China.  ‘Cornell Pink’ received the RHS Award of Garden Merit.

  • Oregon State Univ. campus:  south side of Cordley Hall

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  • plant habit, flowering

    plant habit, flowering

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    flowering branches

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    flowers