Rhododendron fortunei ssp. discolor (syn. R. discolor)
Fortune Discolor Rhododendron, Discolor Rhododendron rho-do-DEN-dron
- Broadleaf evergreen shrub, 6 ft (1,8 m) tall in 10 years, my reach 18 ft (5.5 m), upright, stiff. Leaves oblanceolate, 7.5-18 cm long, 2-6 cm wide, upper surface deep green, lower side pale; petiole 1.3-3 cm long, purplish. Flowers white, pale pink or pale lavender, wide-bell shape (funnel-campanulate), 6-7.5 cm long and wide, fragrant, clusters are open with 5-12 flowers.
5o F, late-mid to late; quality rating: 3/3/3-4 [flower / plant & foliage / performance; scale 1 (poor) - 5 (best)]. Sun.
- Native to China (Sichuan (Szechuan), Hubei, Guizhou, Guangxi, Hunan, Anhui, Zhejiang) This rhododendron was discovered by westerners, specifically a French missionary, Paul Guillaume Farges, between 1891 and 1894. It was introduced to the nursery trade by E. H. Wilson in 1900 and again in larger quantity in 1907. Cultivars today include: 'John R. Elcock' and 'Random Harvest'.
- Rhododendron Species Foundation and Botanical Garden, Federal Way, Washington.