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'Rhododendron tsariense' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.
Shrub, 1–3 m. Leaves coriaceous, 3.5–5.5 × 1.5–3 cm, obovate to oblong, apex bluntly apiculate to acute, lower surface covered with a dense reddish brown or pale fawn tomentum composed of ramiform hairs. Flowers 3–5, in a lax truss, cream, with a pink flush or white to pale pink, open-campanulate, nectar pouches lacking, 25–35 mm; ovary densely tomentose, style glabrous. Flowering March-May. Royal Horticultural Society (1997).
Distribution Bhutan ?E China S Tibet India Arunachal Pradesh
Habitat 3,500–4,500 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H5
Conservation status Near threatened (NT)
Leaves with a whitish to pale fawn indumentum beneath.
Leaves with a reddish brown indumentum beneath.
Awards AM 1964 (Maj. Gen. and Mrs E.G.W.W. Harrison, Tremeer, Cornwall) to a clone ‘Yum-Yum’; flowers white flushed Phlox Pink, with Carmine buds.