Gerald L. Klingaman
(Catawba Rhododendron, Catawba Rosebay, Pink Catawba Rhododendron)
This beautiful rhododendron is well-adapted to American gardens offering a large evergreen shrub with spectacular blooms. It is an eastern native, found in mountain ranges of Virginia, the Carolinas and Tennessee where it grows on rocky slopes and surprisingly poor soils. This large plant produces branching trunks bearing thick, glossy oblong dark green leaves that extend to ground level to make a lovely specimen. This plant brought such improved heat and cold hardiness to early rhododendron breeding...
Huge, white flowers with primrose yellow centers and a delicious fragrance are no less than impressive on Cubitt's rhododendron. Native to the Burmese mountains in southeastern Asia, another distinguishing ornamental feature is its flaking, smooth, purplish brown bark.
The oblong, narrow leaves are light to medium green. Among the first rhododendron species to flower in spring, it bears large, tennis ball-sized flowers of white, rarely palest pink, with five lobes. The blossom's throat is buttery...
From the forests and thickets of the temperate highlands of southcentral China and nearby Burma (Myanmar), there are differnt natural varieties of this species, varying in leaf base shape or number of flower lobes. It attains an upright, sometimes scraggy growth habit resembling a small tree.
Thick and leathery, the medium to deep green leaves are oblong and elliptical in shape. New leaves are often blushed rosy orange. Branch tips bear a flat-topped cluster of trumpet-shaped blossoms that resemble...
Threatened by over-harvesting and habitat loss, the red rhododendron is appropriately named for its ball-like trusses of crimson to scarlet red flowers in winter and early spring. This species is native to the forest slopes of southern Asia's sub-montane areas: southern China, Bhutan, northeastern India, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, and northern Vietnam. It grows with abundant rainfall, high humidity and mild winters.
The leathery, long oval leaves are usually deep green with a fawn-colored underside....
(Dwarf Indica Azalea)
This evergreen azalea is a true dwarf native to islands south of Kyushu, Japan. Rhododendron eriocarpum has been used to breed compactness into many hybrids including the Satsuki azaleas.
A pretty shrub, it has small leaves and large blooms. The olive to dark green, rounded leaves are hairy. They may become red-tinged in winter.
The funnel- or bell-shaped flowers appear in late spring in shades of red, pink, or white.
Like most evergreen azaleas, this shrub prefers partial shade...
Bellflower-like white blossoms appear in loose trusses on the Himalayan rhododendron in mid-spring. An upright, open to sparse large shrub to small tree, this broadleaf evergreen hails from the Himalayas, from Bhutan, northern India and eastern Nepal. Its bark is an attractive cinnamon brown and peels away.
The long, tongue-like leaves are green and only satin-finished at most with undersides that are slightly whitened or bluish in color. Young leaves are pale green with hints of yellow or pink...
James H. Schutte
Bellflower-like deep rosy-pink edged white blossoms appear in loose trusses on the Himalayan rhododendron selection 'Roseum' in mid-spring. An upright, open to sparse large shrub to small tree, this broadleaf evergreen hails from the eastern Himalayas, from Bhutan, India and Nepal. Its bark is an attractive cinnamon brown and peels away.
The long, tongue-like leaves are green and only satin-finished at most with undersides that are slightly whitened or bluish in color. Young leaves are pale...
Amazing glossy emerald green leaves are lovely year round on Rhododendron hyperythrum, and only complement the large white flowers in spring that may have smears of pink. This broadleaf evergreen shrub is native to the northern highlands of Taiwan, but demonstrates remarkable winter cold tolerance despite its subtropical origins. It attains a compact, rounded habit and is unbelievably easy-to-grow.
The oblong leaves are deep green and usually have edges that are rolled under. The pale...