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Our native rhododendron has broadly campanulate, pink to rosy purple, occasionally white, flowers spotted yellow. The truss holds 10-20 flowers. The leaves are oblong to elliptic and up to nine inches long. Grows to five feet in 10 years. Blooms in mid to late spring.
Note Author: Gary Lewis, Phoenix Perennials
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General: Erect to spreading shrub; stems branched, 1-8 m tall, glabrous but finely hairy when young.
Leaves: Evergreen, leathery, oblong-elliptic, 8-20 cm long, entire, glabrous or nearly so, dark green above, paler beneath; stalks 1-2 cm long.
Flowers: Many, in terminal clusters; flower stalks glabrous, up to 5 cm long; corollas pale pink to deep rose-purplish, spotted red-brown, tubular bell-shaped, 2.5-4 cm long, up to 5 cm across, deeply 5-lobed, lobes spreading and edges wavy; calyces minute, very shallowly lobed; stamens 10, filaments sparsely short-hairy on the lower half; anthers oblong, red-brown, 2-3 mm long.
Fruits: Capsules, 1.5-2 cm long, rusty-hairy and glandular, woody.
Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2017. E-Flora BC:
Electronic Atlas of the Plants of British Columbia [eflora.bc.ca]. Lab for
Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British
Columbia, Vancouver. [Accessed:
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