Rhododendron falconeri ssp. falconeri (syn. R. falconeri)
Falconer Rhododendron rho-do-DEN-dron fawl-KON-er-i, fawl-KON-a-ree
- Broadleaf evergreen shrub or tree, to 5 ft (1.5 m) in 10 years, but can reach 40-50 ft (12-15 m); bark smooth, reddish and flaking. Leaves large, oval or oblong, 15-30 cm long and 6-15 cm wide, or even larger, upper surface dark green, wrinkled, lower surface covered with a rust colored felt (indumentum). Flowers bell-shaped, about 5 cm long, creamy white or pale yellow, conspicuous purple blotch at the base, fragrant, 20 or more per cluster.
- 5o F, early-middle; quality rating: 3-4/3/3 [flower / plant & foliage / performance; scale 1 (poor) - 5 (best)]. Does well in high moisture areas.
- Native to Nepal, Bhutan, India (Bengal, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh).
- falconei: after H. Falconer (1808-1865), Superintendent of Saharanpur Gardens, India.
- Rhododendron Species Foundation and Botanical Garden, Federal Way, Washington.