Rhododendron racemosum
Common name: 
Racemosum Rhododendron
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Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Broadleaf evergreen shrub, from a dwarf compact shrublet to an upright, straggly shrub, 2-5 ft (0.6-1.5 m).  Leaves to 5 cm long and 2.5 cm wide, oval, elliptic, oblong, upper surface dull or glossy, underside scaly, short petiole.  Flowers funnel-form, to 2.5 cm long and wide, pale to deep pink, (also a white form in cultivation), 10 stamen; clusters have 1-6 flowers.
  • -5°F, early-early-mid, 4/3/4-5  [flower / plant & foliage / performance; scale 1 (poor) - 5 (best)].  Sun to part shade.
  • Native to China (Yunnan, Szechwan).
  • Oregon State Univ. campus: west side Gilkey Hall.
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  • plant habit, flowering

    plant habit, flowering

  • flower clusters

    flower clusters

  • flower cluster

    flower cluster

  • flower clusters and leaves

    flower clusters and leaves