Rhododendron 'Catawbiense Boursault'
Catawbiense Boursault Rhododendron rho-do-DEN-dron ka-taw-bi-EN-se
- Broadleaf evergreen shrub, 6 ft (1.8 m) in 10 years, dense and spreading habit. Leaves elliptic,
mid-green, rounded base. Flower funnel-shaped, lilac purple with a few reddish or pale brown markings.  -
Ball-shaped cluster contains about 17 flowers.
-20°F, mid-late-late, 2/3/4-5 [quality rating of flower / foliage & plant / performance, based on a 1
(poorest) to 5 (best) scale]. .
- Sun to part shade. Tough plant that takes heat and sun. Grows in time to small tree-size.
- Selected from a R. catawbiense plant, possibly a hybrid, by Boursault in the early 1900's.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: in island planting on Campus Way (Madison Ave.) at 9th St.