Rhododendron wardii x vernicosum

Ericaceae

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Rhododendron decorum
 

Habitat: dappled shade

Flowering: late spring to early summer

Height: 4 m

Width: 4.0 m

Soil: humus-rich, acid, moist but well drained

The larger rhododendrons make the backbone of many a fine garden. We concentrate on species, not hybrids, where possible grown from wild seed.

Rhododendron wardii x vernicosum is a shrub or small tree with lovely smooth foliage, flushed red-orange as the new growth appears in early summer. It has large trusses of open, funnel shaped, strongly fragrant white flowers. This came from a little-explored area, and could possibly be another species related to decorum.
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Rhododendron - large varieties - some other suggestions
invisible.gif Rhododendron arboreum subsp. cinnamomeum var. roseum is known for its wonderful foliage, with rusty red indumentum under the leaves, and has bright pink flowers. It can grow to be a large tree - but you may have to wait a century or so!
rhododendron_arboreum3.jpg Rhododendron arboreum is known for its wonderful foliage, with rusty red indumentum under the leaves, and has bright red flowers in this form. It can grow to be a large tree - but you may have to wait a century or so!
invisible.gif Rhododendron bureavioides is grown primarily for its foliage, and is a gorgeous plant all through the year. It has thick indumentum under the leaves, of a rich chestnut brown, and there is a silvery layer on the upper surface of the leaves. For good measure, there are pale pink flowers.
invisible.gif Rhododendron campanulatum is highly desirable for its foliage as well as for its flowers. The young leaves have a metallic lustre, which eventually rubs off, but the undersides of the leaves remain thickly covered with rusty indumentum. The large trusses of flowers are white or pale rosy pink, or sometimes the pinky purple that is known as lilac-coloured. Which is about as helpful as calling a lilac rhododendron-coloured.
IMG_7393.jpg Rhododendron clementinae subsp. aureodorsale is a lovely species in the Taliensis sub-section, named after George Forrest's wife. It makes a neat, rounded shrub, with oval leaves with thick indumentum, creamy coloured in this sub-species. The flowers are white, usually with a rose flush and crimson spots.
invisible.gif Rhododendron falconeri subsp. eximium is an excellent large shrub, which has beautiful bark, leaves and flowers. The dark is deep reddish brown, flaking to give a mottled chestnut - light grey-brown appearance. The large leaves (up to 40 cm long) are deep green, covered for a year or more after new ones emerge rust-coloured indumentum on the underside, and a thin layer of more silvery hairs above, these soon washing off. Then it has lovely creamy rose pink flowers, fading to creamy pink, in big trusses.
invisible.gif Rhododendron heliolepis subsp. fumidum is a medium-sized shrub, rather upright, with long, slender branches and glossy, deep green leaves, which reliably covers itself with purplish pink, funnel-shaped flowers with reddish brown spots at the centre. This is a rare variety, which comes from well to the east of the main range of the species.
IMG_7457.jpg Rhododendron hemitrichotum has leaves that are glossy above and have light red-brown indumentum, which is soft in this variety, underneath. The flowers are white. This came from 3500 m in mixed coniferous/deciduous forest.
rhododendron_macabeanum.jpg Rhododendron macabeanum is one of the larged-leaved species in the Falconera sub-section, coming from India. Like the others, it can grow to be a big tree, although that is more likely to be of interest to your grandchildren than to you. In the garden you are more likely to see the flowers at eye level. They come in huge trusses, and are creamy coloured, with a purple blotch inside. The undersides of the leaves - which are up to 30 cm long - are covered in lovely woolly, deep fawn indumentum.
invisible.gif Rhododendron magnificum hybrids are seedlings from a group of Rhododendron magnificum plants, which look very uniform, with very large, light green leaves and are very likely to be the species. This species comes from the region of the border of Burma and Tibet, where it can grow to as tall as 30 m, which puts the large trusses of bright pink flowers far beyond eye level. In the garden they won't be so far away - or not for a very long time.
rhododendron_maximum_capsules.jpg Rhododendron maximum is a relative of Rhododendron ponticum - which gives an impression of its appearance. The flowers are in dense trusses of about 20, somewhere in the range from white to purple-pink. It comes from eastern parts of America, particularly the Appalachian mountains.
invisible.gif Rhododendron minus comes from the southern Appalachians. It is a medium sized evergreen shrub, with dense trusses of about half a dozen flowers, white to pink.
rhododendron_oreotrephes.jpg Rhododendron oreotrephes is one of the triflorum rhododendrons, with quite small leaves with a blue-grey bloom, and covered with pale purple flowers in spring, in our garden about a week earlier than the related Rhododendron yunnanense.
IMG_7457.jpg Rhododendron cf. phaeochrysum var. agglutinatum is a fine foliage plant in the Taliensia sub-section. The glossy leaves have red-brown indumentum underneath, but this is thin and looks powdery, rather than thick and felty. The flowers are white, or with some pink colouring.
invisible.gif Rhododendron sinogrande is a fine species discovered by George Forrest, bearing the largest leaves of any Rhododendron, up to a metre long, dark green and glossy with a furry, buff-coloured underside. Equally striking large flower trusses support 12-30 tubular creamy white to pale yellow blooms, each with a basal crimson blotch.
invisible.gif Rhododendron traillianum has leaves that are glossy above and have light red-brown indumentum, which is soft in this variety, underneath. The flowers are white. This came from 3500 m in mixed coniferous/deciduous forest.
rhododendron_uvariifolium_close.jpg Rhododendron uvariifolium is a shrub when small, eventually becoming a small tree. The foliage is dark green, with good pale indumentum under the leaves. The trusses have up to 20 flowers, and these are usually pale pink, sometimes somewhat darker or pale, even white.
invisible.gif Rhododendron wallichii is a dense, strong plant from the Himalaya, with pinky brown bark, neat, leathery, dark green leaves with brown hairy indumentum on the underside, and attractive lavender-mauve flowers.