Rhododendron sargentianum
Pogonanthum section
Epithet: after C.S. Sargent, director of the Arnold Arboretum.
AM 1923 Bodnant, 1966 Glendoick to a clone 'Whitebait'.
Height: to 0.6m
10 year height/spread: 0.3m/0.2m
Flowers: capitate, 5-7 or rarely 12 flowers, narrowly tubular with spreading lobes, 12-16mm long, creamy white through lemon yellow
April - May
Introduced: 1903 by Wilson from W.Sichuan. Recollected 1990 onwards
Distribution: W.Sichuan, 3000-4300m
Recognise by: small oval aromatic leaves persistent leaf bud scales, and compact habit.
A close growing dwarf shrub for sun, but some forms are not as free flowering
as the AM clones. One of the best in its section.

Location: Glendoick, May 2002
Photo: Mike Robinson

Location: Turku Archipelago, Finland
Photo: Kristian Theqvist