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'Rhododendron saxicolum' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.
Shrub, 3-6 m; young shoots at first covered with adpressed red-brown bristles, soon glabrescent. Leaves of two kinds; spring leaves deciduous, 4-7.5 x 2-3.5 cm, ovate to ovate-oblong, apex acuminate, upper surface glabrescent, lower surface with scattered bristles that persist on the lamina; summer leaves persistent, 1.5-2 x 0.5-1 cm; petioles densely covered with adpressed bristles. Pedicels densely covered with rufous bristles. Flowers 3-4(-5) per inflorescence; calyx c.2 mm; corolla white tinged rose, funnel-shaped, 15-20 mm; stamens 5; ovary densely covered with rufous bristles, style hairy at base. Flowering March-April. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
Habitat 400-1,800 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H3
Conservation status Least concern (LC)
Seed of this species has been recently introduced from the wild. Its performance in cultivation is not yet known. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)