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
Erect to spreading shrub; stems branched, 1-8 m tall, glabrous but finely hairy when young.
Evergreen, leathery, oblong-elliptic, 8-20 cm long, entire, glabrous or nearly so, dark green above, paler beneath; stalks 1-2 cm long.
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.
Capsules, 1.5-2 cm long, rusty-hairy and glandular, woody.
If more than one illustration is available for a species (e.g., separate illustrations were provided for two subspecies) then links to the separate images will be provided below. Note that individual subspecies or varietal illustrations are not always available.
Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
Present from Summer to Fall
Source: The USDA
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
|CWH(23), ESSF(3), IDF(35)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Rhododendron californicum Hook.