Augustine Rhododendron rho-do-DEN-dron aw-gus-TEE-nee-i
- Broadleaf evergreen shrub, 6 ft (1.8 m), compact, upright, can become narrow and tall. Leaves oblong-lanceolate 4-10 cm long, 1.3-2.5 cm wide, tapering to a fine point, dark green above, underside densely scaly (feels fuzzy), especially the mid-rib, petiole pubescent. Flowers range from white to deep violet blue, usually with a yellow-green or brownish blotch on upper lobes, about 4-5 cm across, 2-6 flowers per cluster. Color on the same plant may vary from year to year (Greer, 1996, p. 23).
- -5o F, early-mid, 4/3/3-4. [flower / plant & foliage / performance; scale 1 (poor) - 5 (best)] Sun tolerant. Native to the Hubei and Szechwan China. Named after Augustine Henry, who discovered them in 1886.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: east side of Weniger (those on the NE corner may be crosses, underside not fuzzy).