Epithet: after Wilton, Chinese consular service.
AM 1957 Exbury, AGM (2002) 2012
1 - 5m.
10 year height/spread: 1m/1.2m.
Flowers: dense trusses of about 10 campanulate white through pink flowers
sometimes with a red basal blotch and/or red flecks.
Introduced: 1904 by Wilson from W Sichuan recently recollected (1981-).
Distribution: N&W Yunnan, Burma, SE Tibet, Arunachal Pradesh, 2100 - 3400m.
Recognise by: densely brown or whitish tomentose shoots, with bullate leaves to
12cm having a thick woolly brown/cinnamon indumentum.
The leaves are very variable in size. A shrub with impressive foliage and worth growing
for this alone. Free flowering when mature, and easy to grow. Best in a sunny position.
Rhododendron Species Foundation, Seattle, USA