falconeri ssp. eximium

Rhododendron falconeri ssp. eximium
Falconera subsection
Epithet: Excellent
AM 1973 Wakehurst
Height: 1.5 - 9m
10 year height/spread: 2m/2.5m
Flowers: Rose pink often with a creamy tinge
Introduced: before 1853 by Booth from Bhutan
Recently collected (1985- )
Distribution: Bhutan, Arunachal Pradesh
Recognise by: indumentum persistent on the upper leaf surfaces and flower colour.
Indumentum on lower leaf as in R.falconeri (cinnamon or brown)

Location: Clyne Castle Gardens, Swansea April 2009
Photo: Ivor Stokes