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'Rhododendron haofui' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.
Shrub, 4-6 m. Leaves leathery, 7-22 x 3-7 cm, elliptic, upper surface shining, lower surface covered with a thick cinnamon tomentum that becomes greyish-white and thinner on maturity. Flowers 5-9 per inflorescence; calyx c.1 mm; corolla white, sometimes flushed with rose and/or with a red basal blotch, broadly campanulate, without nectar pouches; stamens 18-21; ovary covered with a dense whitish to pale brown tomentum, style glabrous. Flowering May. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
Distribution China Guizhou, Guangxi, Hunan
Habitat 1,500 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H6
Conservation status Least concern (LC)
The large number of stamens and characteristic leaves make this a very distinctive species. It has only recently been introduced into cultivation but appears to be relatively hardy despite its provenance. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)