arboreum var. roseum

Rhododendron arboreum var.roseum 'Tony Schilling'
Arborea subsection
FCC 1974 Wakehurst, AGM
(removed 2002)
Height: tree to 18m
10 year height/spread: 2.5m/1.5m
Flowers: rose with paler shades and faint purple spotting in throat.
Introduced: 1820 by Wallich from Nepal (the species).
Distribution: Himalayas from Kashmir, Nepal and Sikkim to Bhutan and Assam
Recognise by: distinctive bullate foliage with white, fawn or brown indumentum (the var.); the flowers (the clone).
Epithet: tree like
One of the best of many excellent variations of this stately species. Needs a site protected from cold winds.

Photo: John McQuire at Wakehurst

A photo of typical R.arboreum
var.roseum (at Inverewe) is shown for comparison

Location: Logan Botanic Garden
Photo: Richard Baines