Cinnabar Rhododendron ro-do-DEN-dron si-na-ba-REEN-um, ki-na-ba-REEN-um
- Broadleaf evergreen shrub, 5 ft (1.5 m) tall in 10 years, finally 6-10 ft (1.8-3 m), has a thin and sparse growth habit, branches long and slender, scaly when young. Leaves alternate, simple, 5-10 cm long and 2-3 cm wide, oval, tappering to each end, glossy metallic grayish-green above, scaly below, with the color varying from green to redish brown; short petiole, about 8 mm long. Flowers funnel-shaped, 3-5 cm long, 10 stamens, nearly as long as the corolla (petals), hairy at the base, petal color is variable, often a dull cinnabar red, but also red-orange on the outside and yellowish or greenish inside; flower stalk about 8 mm long.
- 5oF, early-mid to very late, 4/4/2-3. [flower / plant & foliage / performance; scale 1 (poor) - 5 (best)] Native to Nepal, India (western Bengal, Sikkim), Bhutan, and southern Tibet.
- cinnabarinum: cinnabar red
- Federal Way, Washington: Rhododendron Species and Botanical Garden.