Rhododendron dauricum
Rhodorastra subsection
Epithet: from Dauria (SE Siberia).
AM 1963 Windsor, FCC 1969 Windsor, AGM (1993) 2012
Height: shrub 1.5 - 2.5m
10 year height/spread: 1.5m/1m
Flowers: mid purple
Usually Jan/Feb.
Introduced: probably 1798 by Bell from Russia.
Distribution: Eastern Russia, Mongolia, Manchuria, Sakhalin Island & N.Japan
Recognise by: completely or partially evergreen, covered with a haze of small
bluish flowers in mid winter.
This clone is spectacular when grown with Hamamelis, as in the Valley Gardens, Windsor. There is a
succession of flowers, so enough usually survive frosts to give a very effective display. Not to be missed.
The clone 'Hokkaido' is more floriferous.

Photo:Mikkel Jørgensen
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark