Rhododendron roxieanum var. oreonastes
Epithet: after Roxie Hanna of China; 'mountain dwelling' (oreonastes).
AM 1973Windsor, AGM (1993) 2012
Height: shrub 0.6-1.5m.
10 year height/spread: 0.5m/0.5m.
Flowers: white, lobes tipped pinky-purple; darker spots in the throat.
Introduced: 1914 by Forrest from NW Yunnan.
Distribution: W Yunnan, SW Sichuan 3600 - 4500m.
Recognise by: stiff spiky extremely narrow leaves with thick rufous indumentum.
Well worth growing for its foliage alone, but it is not free flowering when young.
Location: Deer Dell, Surrey
Photo: John McQuire
Location: Hillier Arboretum, Hampshire
Photo: Russell Beeson
Photo: Koen Camelbeke
Location: Ness Gardens
Photo: Angela Brabin