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Charming in scale, this small broadleaf evergreen shrub bears fragrant, ruffled white flowers in the spring. Native to the montane rainforests of Laos, Vietnam and Burma (Myanmar), it grows in soil and as an epiphyte, clasping its roots onto the moist bark of trees. Its smooth bark is rusty reddish brown and exfoliates, often seen on this upright, somewhat rangy plant.
Deep green leaves have sparse golden scales on their undersides. In spring, fragrant white flowers don the branch tips, usually with a blotch of yellow in their throats and pink in their veins. The floral lobes are daintily ruffled.
Grow Rhododendron veitchianum in a moist, well-draining soil that is acidic and rich in organic matter. Protect the plant from frosts, especially when flower buds are forming as subfreezing temps will destroy them. Use it as a mixed border shrub or underplanting in lightly shaded woodlands where summers are warm and winters mild; in oppresively hot, humid summer areas with poor air circulation it will falter. It is mildly drought tolerant.
There are andromedotoxins in all parts of the rhododendron plant with associated health concerns. For more information visit: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/consumer/poison/Rhodosp.htm .
AHS Heat Zone
10 - 8
USDA Hardiness Zone
9 - 13
H1, H2, 14, 15, 16, 22, 23, 24
4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m
2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m
Spring, Late Spring
Container, Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier, Tropical
Sharp or Has Thorns