- Broadleaf evergreen shrub (usually) or small tree, 6-8(20) ft [1.8-2.4(7 m)] tall, pyramidal habit. Leaves
simple, leathery, lanceolate to obovate, 6-15 cm long, 1-5 cm wide, highly aromatic when bruised, tip pointed,
base tapering to a fine wedge, margin entire, aromatic, glabrous and glossy dark green above and paler below,
petiole green, 1-2 cm long. Flowers cupped, to 2 cm diam., waxy, copper to dark red, 10-14 petals (tepals),
elliptic to obovate, 11-28 stamen.
- Part sun to shade. Best in moist, high organic soil.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 7 Native to China.
- Federal Way, Washington: Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden