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'Rhododendron aureum' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.
Dwarf shrub, 0.2–1 m; young shoots more or less glabrous; bud scales usually persistent. Leaves 2.5–15.5 × 1.2–7 cm, ovate to broadly elliptic, apex rounded, upper and lower surface glabrous when mature. Flowers 5–8, in a lax truss; calyx 2–3 mm; corolla yellow, usually with a least a few flecks, broadly campanulate, nectar pouches lacking, 25–30 mm; ovary rufous-tomentose. Flowering April-May. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
Distribution China Jilin Japan Russia E
Habitat 1,500–2,700 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H6
Conservation status Least concern (LC)
Leaves 2.5-6.5 cm; bud scales persistent. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
Leaves 9-15.5cm; bud scales usually deciduous. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
The status of var. hypopitys is uncertain as it may be no more than a shade form of var. aureum. A difficult species in cultivation. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)