Rhododendron 'Unique'
Common name: 
Unique Rhododendron
Pronunciation: 
rho-do-DEN-dron
Family: 
Ericaceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Broadleaf evergreen, 4 ft (1.2 m), dense, symmetrical.  Leaves alternate, simple, broad-elliptic or occasionally slightly obovate, smooth, 10 x 4.5 cm, obtuse, usually with a 1 mm point (mucro), medium green above, lighter below.  Flower buds pink-red then apricot, when open ivory flushed with pink, fade to nearly white, delicate blotch, corolla funnel-campanulate, 6 cm wide, anthers pale brown, stigma red; up to 14 flowers per tight cluster.
  • - 5°F, early-mid, 3/4-5/4 [flower / plant & foliage / performance; scale 1 (poor) - 5 (best)].  Sun to part shade.
  • There is a pink-flowered version known as ‘Bruce Brechtbill’.   This cultivar is a bud sport of ‘Unique’ and "looks and acts identical to ‘Unique’ until it flowers" (Greer, 1996).  The flowers are pink with some yellow in the throat.  ‘Bruce Brechtbill’ is planted at River Front Park, Corvallis.
  • Oregon State Univ. campus: northeast of Biddle statue, northeast of Memorial Union.
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