racemosum AGM

Rhododendron racemosum
Scabrifolia subsection
Epithet: flowers in racemes.
FCC 1892 Veitch; AM 1970 Hydon, to the clone 'Rock
Rose'; 1974 Glendoick, to a clone 'White Lace'; AGM (2002) 2012
Height: shrub 0.2-3.0m.
10 year height/spread: 0.3m/0.2m.
Flowers: clusters of many flowers in axillary groups of openly funnel shaped
deep pink through pale mauve pink or rarely white flowers to 1.7cm long.
Introduced: 1889 by Delavay from Yunnan. Recently recollected.
Distribution: Yunnan, SW Sichuan, Guizhou, 2700 - 4300m.
Recognise by: shows considerable variation in height and leaf size. Long
upright growths. Elliptic to oval leaves, matt dark green and often glabrous
above, having a markedly glaucous(rarely not glaucous) under surface with
obvious brown scales. The axillary flowers near the top of the branches usually a shade of pink. Easily
Easy to grow and flowers young.

Bodnant form
Location: Borde Hill, Sussex
Photo: John McQuire

Location: Dorset
Photo: Russell Beeson