Rhododendron hippophaeoides 'Haba shan'
Lapponica subsection
Epithet: resembling sea buckthorn
AM 1927(to the species)Bodnant, AGM (1993) 2012
Height: 0.2 to 1.25m, usually less; shrub
10 year height/spread: 0.5m/0.4m
Flowers: purplish blue, other forms lavender blue through to purplish blue to
2.5cm across.
March/May, often repeating in the autumn.
Introduced 1903 by Forrest from N.W. Yunnan
Distribution: N.W. Yunnan, S.W. Sichuan 2400-4700m
Recognise by: flower colour, very short stamens and style, overlapping creamy
yellow scales on leaf underside (Hippophae sp.)
An easily grown upright small shrub, not as fussy about drainage as some dwarf

Photo: Koen Camelbeke
Location: Kevock