- Broadleaf evergreen upright shrub or small tree, to about 7 ft (~2.1 m) tall in 10 years. Bark
rough, gray brown. Leaves broadly elliptic to almost obovate, 20-30cm long, 10-16cm wide,
apex rounded, base wedge-shaped (cuneate) or rounded, lower surface covered with fine, closely matted hair,
with very prominent lateral veins. Flowers bell-shaped (campanulate), in compact clusters of 16-30, each flower
4-4.5 cm long and 3-3.5 cm wide, petals 8-lobed, rose or pink, fading to pale pink or light purple, white,
with dark muave nectar pouches.
- Hardy to 5° F (-15° C),
- Native to Bhutan, found in the undergrowth of fir forests; at elevations of 2700-3100 m.
- kesangiae: named after Her Majesty the Queen Mother of Bhutan, Ashi Kesang Chhoden Wangchuck.
- Federal Way, Washington: Rhododendron Species and Botanical Garden.