A rounded shrub, 1–3.5 m; vegetative buds globose. Leaves 3–8.5 × 1.5–3.5 cm, elliptic to oblong-elliptic, apex acute or obtuse, lower surface glabrous or with minute black hairs that sometimes arise from a red punctate base; petioles floccose, with whitish hairs. Flowers 6–12, in a lax truss; calyx c.1 mm; corolla white tinged pink to pink, sometimes with purple flecks, funnel-campanulate, without nectar pouches, 25–35 mm, glabrous or with a few long hairs. Flowering April-May. Royal Horticultural Society (1997).
Distribution China Anhui
Habitat 1,500–1,800 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H6
Awards AGM 1993
Conservation status Least concern (LC)
This species has been placed in Subsect. Irrorata where it is anomalous in having a floccose indumentum on the petioles. The globose leaf buds are characteristic and distinguish this species from R. maculiferum, with which it has also been allied. This is a geographically isolated species with a very restricted distribution. Royal Horticultural Society (1997).